College and Career Readiness

“College and career ready” means that students graduate from high school prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary opportunities—whether college or career—without need for remediation.  This collection offers resources focused on strategies to support college and career readiness, from state-based programs to the role of the school counselor, the use of alternative assessments, and ways to leverage provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Georgia College and Career Pathways
Resource Type: Factsheet
2019 PDF (pdf)
The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC), in collaboration with the College & Career Readiness & Success Center, is supporting the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to provide technical expertise and assistance with review of its career pathways for middle and high school students and implementation of employability skills and work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
Supporting Career and College Readiness in Minnesota
Resource Type: Publication
2019 PDF (pdf)
This document describes how Minnesota is preparing all students across grades K-12 to become career and college ready and competitive workers and leaders for the future.
Building a System for Postsecondary Success: The Pivotal Role of School Counselor Evaluation
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2019 PDF (pdf)
This brief examines state evaluation policies for evidence that reflects the important role that school counselors can play in supporting postsecondary readiness, defined as engaging in postsecondary education, training, or career after high school.
Selected Alternatives for Assessing College and Career Readiness
Resource Type: Practice guide
2018 PDF (pdf)
This brief discusses three alternatives to traditional summative assessment for determining college and career readiness: using local assessments, using performance-based assessments (such as a portfolio), or offering dual enrollment programs.
Promoting College and Career Readiness Through Accountability Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Resource Type: Presentation
2017 PDF (pdf)
This webinar presents information on promoting college and career readiness through accountability, particularly as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Topics include the urgency of promoting college and career readiness; criteria for selecting readiness indicators, and the use of a college/career indicator in the state of California, Oklahoma’s focus on college and career readiness, and Delaware’s college and career readiness definitions.
How ESSA and IDEA Can Support College and Career Readiness for Students With Disabilities: Considerations for States
Resource Type: Publication
2018 PDF (pdf)
This resource explores how states can leverage ESSA and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to promote college and career readiness for students with disabilities through high expectations and access to the general curriculum, a well-round education, career pathways and transition planning, personalized and competency-based learning, subgroup accountability, and alignment across policies and programs.