College and Career Ready Definitions

“College ready: Graduating student is prepared for any postsecondary education or training experience, including study at two- and four-year institutions leading to a postsecondary credential (i.e., a certificate, license, associate or bachelor’s degree); has the English and mathematics knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without the need for remedial coursework.

Career ready: Job candidate qualifies for a job that provides a family-sustaining wage and pathways to advancement and requires postsecondary training or education; is a high school graduate and has the English, and mathematics knowledge and skills needed to qualify for and succeed in the postsecondary job training and/or education necessary for their chosen career (i.e., technical/vocational program, community college, apprenticeship or significant on-the-job training)”


Arizona Business & Education Coalition. (n.d.). Advancing toward college and career readiness. Phoenix, AZ: Author. Retrieved from

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Student English language acquisition
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years
  • Dropout rate

Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from

College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
State School Report Card1
Carl D. Perkins Reports3
AZED Research & Evaluation2
CTE enrollments3
CTE concentrators3
Students reaching targeted level of CTE skill attainment
Students completing
Students graduating
Percentage entering postsecondary education or advanced training, military service, or employment within two quarters following graduation 
Attendance rate1
1. Arizona Department of Education. (2015). Arizona report cards. Retrieved from
2. Arizona Department of Education. (2017). Research and evaluation. Retrieved from
3. Arizona Department of Education. (2016). Carl D. Perkins accountability & reporting. Retrieved from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation
Arizona allows students to earn dual credit in academic and/or CTE courses through dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment—the former in a high school setting or joint technical education district campus, the latter on campus at a postsecondary institution. Public postsecondary institutions are required to accept these credits (Education Commission of the States, 2015).

Early College High School
The Center for Native Education and the National Council of La Raza have partnered with institutions of higher education to each provide one early college high school program as part of the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI).

More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.).

Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from

Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from

Career Pathways

Arizona maintains 71 programs of study aligned with each of the 16 Career Clusters.


National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). Arizona [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In 2008, Arizona mandated that all students in Grades 9–12 have an Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) (U.S. Department of Labor, 2013).

Students, parents, and school personnel (i.e., counselors, teachers, administration, or career center staff) can work together to create an ECAP, or Education and Career Action Plan, which is designed to help students reflect on coursework, career aspirations, and extended learning opportunities. ECAPs are updated annually throughout high school and in into the postsecondary years (Arizona Department of Education, 2012).


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Retrieved from

Arizona Department of Education. (2012). Arizona student Education & Career Action Plans (ECAP). Retrieved from

Arizona Department of Education (n.d.). ECAP-Education and Career Action Plan. Retrieved from

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:

4.0 (including Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II)

4.0 (Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, and an advanced mathematics course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite)

Social Studies Credits:

3.0 (American history [1.0], world history/geography [1.0], government [0.5], and economics [0.5])

2.0 (American history [1.0] and two selections from among half-credit courses in European/world history, economics, sociology, geography, government, psychology, or anthropology)

Science Credits:


3.0 (from among biology, chemistry, physics, Earth science, and integrated laboratory science)

Foreign Language Credits:

None specified (N/S)


Arts Credits:

1.0 (can be substituted with career and technical education [CTE])


Additional Credits:



Total Credits:




Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Arizona Department of Education

Arizona Board of Regents





Early Warning Systems

Arizona’s state-specific Early Warning System is called the AZDash. The level at which Early Warning System data are reported and who can access the data is not publicly available. 


Arizona Department of Education. (2015). AZDash. Retrieved from

Data Quality Campaign. (n.d.). [Website]. Retrieved from