College and Career Ready Definitions

 “Students are considered college and career ready when they have the knowledge, skills, and academic preparation needed to enroll and succeed in introductory college credit-bearing courses within an associate or baccalaureate degree program without the need for remediation. These same attributes and levels of achievement are needed for entry into and success in postsecondary workforce education or directly into a job that offers gainful employment and career advancement.”


Florida Department of Education. (n.d.). Florida College System: College and career readiness. Tallahassee, FL: Author. Retrieved from http://www.fldoe.org/fcs/collegecareerreadiness.asp

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Performance in advanced course work, including AP or IB exams and dual enrollment course grades
  • Career preparedness performance, including earning credentials or certificates, performance on WorkKeys, and grades in career and technical education courses
  • Percentage of middle schoolers who passed a high-school-level end-of-course assessment or earned industry certification

Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/news/2016/05/19/137455...

College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
State Report Card1
National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP)2
School Public Accountability Reports3
Perkins IV Data Verification Tool4
Data Publications and Reports: Students5
Data Publications and Reports: Students6
High School Feedback Reports7
Early Warning Systems8
On-time graduates scoring college ready in reading and math
AP/IB participation1
Advanced International Certification of Education (AICE) participation1
Participation in “accelerated curricula” and percentage eligible to earn college credit1
Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener percentage3
English course failures8
Mathematic course failures8
English assessments8
Mathematic  assessments8
Industry certification1
Career and technical education (CTE) concentrators4
     o Reaching targeted level of skill attainment
     o Completing
     o Graduating
     o Entering postsecondary education or advanced training, military service, or employment within two quarters following graduation
Truancy rate5
Attendance rate5, 8
Nonpromotion rate5
Suspension rate5
Expulsion rate5
Corporal punishment rate5
Dropout rate5
Suspensions (one or more in-school or out-of-school suspensions) 8
Five-year graduation rate7
Diplomas by type6
Enrollment in Florida public postsecondary institution in fall of high school graduation year (community college, state university, technology-enhanced classroom)7
Graduates enrolled in Florida public postsecondary institution earning a GPA above 2.07
College course completion for students attending Florida public postsecondary institutions (remedial math, intermediate algebra, entry-level math, remedial reading or writing, freshman English composition, other college-level English)7
College remediation7
1. Florida Department of Education. (2016) Florida school grades. Retrieved from
2. Florida Department of Education. (2015). National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Retrieved from http://www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/national-international-a...
3. Florida Department of Education. (2015). School public accountability reports. Retrieved from
4. Florida Department of Education. (2016). Perkins IV Data Verification Tool. Retrieved from https://app1.fldoe.org/workforce/perkinsSearch/DataTool.aspx
5. Florida Department of Education. (2016). PK-12 public school data publications and reports. Retrieved from
6. Florida Department of Education. (2016). PK-12 public school data publications and reports. Retrieved from
7. Florida Department of Education. (2015). High school feedback report. Retrieved from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation
Florida allows students to earn dual credit in academic and/or CTE through dual-enrollment courses taken at their high school, an institution of higher education, or online. Public postsecondary institutions are required to accept these credits within certain guidelines (Education Commission of the States, 2015).

Early College High School
Gateway to College National Network established one Early College High School 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 http://www.jff.org/initiatives/early-college-designs/schools

National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium. (2013). Florida [Interactive map of state career technical education profiles]. Retrieved from http://www.careertech.org/Florida

Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from http://ecs.force.com/mbdata/mbprofallRT?Rep=DE14A

Career Pathways

Programs of Study
Florida organizes its secondary CTE programs across 16 areas:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications
  • Business, Management and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Energy
  • Engineering and Technology Education
  • Finance
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing, Sales, and Service
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). Florida [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from http://www.careertech.org/florida

Career Exploration and Career Plans
Florida does not have a statewide system for career exploration or career plans at the K–12 level.
Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:


4.0 (three of which include substantial writing requirements)

Mathematics Credits:

4.0 (including Algebra I and geometry)

4.0 (at the level of Algebra I and above)

Social Studies Credits:

3.0 (world history [1], American history [1], American government [0.5], and economics with financial literacy [0.5])

3.0 (from among anthropology, history, civics, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and/or geography)

Science Credits:

3.0 (including two with laboratory experience, biology or an equivalent course or series of courses)

3.0 (including two with laboratory experience)

Foreign Language Credits:


2.0 (in same language)

Arts Credits:

1.0 (from among fine or performing arts, speech and debate, or practical arts)

None specified (N/S)

Additional Credits:

9.0 (physical education including health [1.0] and electives [8.0] online course [1])

2.0 (academic)

Total Credits:




FCAT or comparable SAT/ACT® score

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Florida Department of Education

State University System of Florida


The above requirements went into effect starting with students who entered the ninth grade in the 2012–13 school year.



Early Warning Systems

Florida’s state-specific Early Warning System is called the Early Warning System. Early Warning System data are reported at the student level, to both administrators and educators. 


Brundage, A. (2014). The use of early warning systems to promote success for all students. Retrieved from http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/5423/urlt/ews.pdf