College and Career Ready Definitions

College and career readiness is “the level of achievement required in order for a student to enroll in two- or four-year colleges and universities and technical colleges without remediation, fully prepared for college-level work and careers. This means that all students graduate from high school with both rigorous content knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge.”


Georgia Department of Education. (n.d.). Georgia’s College and Career Readiness Performance Index released [Press release]. Atlanta, GA: Author. Retrieved from

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Student language acquisition
  • Student attance rate
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years)
  • Participation in advanced course work, including AP or IB classes or dual enrollment
  • Performance in advanced course work, including AP or IB exams and dual enrollment course grades
  • Performance on college entry exams such as SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS
  • Career preparedness participation, including completing career and technical education classes or WorkKeys assessments and participating in job training
  • Career preparedness performance, including earning credentials or certificates, performance on WorkKeys, and grades in career and technical education courses
  • Percentage of graduates not requiring college remediation
  • Participation of middle school students in honors, pre-AP, or high school level courses
  • Measure of school climate and culture
  • eacher use of state data systems or school use of teacher-student data systems
  • Students earning credits in other courses, such as world languages and physics
  • School has earned certification in science, technology, engineering, and math or has students taking advanced course work in these subjects
  • Percentage of elementary and middle school students participating in career-related projects
  • Innovative practice
  • Percentage of students with disabilities served in general education environments for more than 80 percent of the day

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

College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI)1
State Report Card2
Agricultural Education (CTAE) Annual Report3
Student growth on state tests1
Achievement gap on state tests1
Students in Grades 3–5 earning a passing score in above-grade-level core courses and tests1
Students earning a passing score in world language or fine arts courses1
Students earning at least one high school credit by the end of Grade 8 and scoring at Meets or Exceeds on all CRCTs and required EOC tests1
Elementary students with disabilities served in general education classrooms
Grade 9 students with disabilities earning core class credit and proficient on state tests1, 2
English learners (ELs) with positive movement from one Performance Band to a higher Performance Band based on the ACCESS for ELs1
AP scores and participation rate2
SAT scores2
ACT scores2
HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship eligibility2
Graduates completing a CTAE pathway, or an advanced academic pathway, or a fine arts pathway, or a world language pathway within their program of study1
CTAE Pathway Completers earning a national industry recognized credential, IB Career-Related Certificate, or state-recognized end-of- pathway assessment1
Grade 5 students with a complete career portfolio by the end of Grade 51
Students in Grades 1–5 completing the identified number of grade-specific career awareness lessons1
Students completing two or more state-defined career- related assessments/inventories and a state-defined Individual Graduation Plan by the end of Grade 81
Graduates completing a career-related Work-Based Learning Program or a career-related Capstone Project1
Students earning a passing score in three middle school courses in the fine arts, career exploratory, or world languages1
CTE enrollment in “vocational labs”2
CTAE enrollment by pathway3
CTAE dual enrollment3
Students receiving an industry credential3
Attendance rate1
School climate rating1
Grade 9 on-track rate2
Retention rate2
Dropout rate2
Attendance (5 or fewer days absent, 6–15 days absent, more than 15 days absent)2
Graduates entering a state college or university not requiring remediation or scoring program-ready on the Compass, ACT, SAT, or on multiple AP/IB exams1
Graduates earning high school credit(s) for accelerated enrollment or early college1
Graduates earning credit in a physics course1
Students scoring at Meets or Exceeds on the Georgia High School Writing Test and End-of-Course (EOC) exams1
Graduates earning 3 or more high school credits in the same world language1
Four-year graduation rate1
Five-year graduation rate1
Graduation rate (diplomas with college prep and vocational endorsements, diplomas with college prep endorsements, diplomas with vocational endorsements, total graduates)2
High school completion (special education diplomas, certificates of attendance, total other completers)2
1. Georgia Department of Education. (2016). College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). Retrieved from
2. State of Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. (2016). Report card. Retrieved from
3. Georgia Department of Education. (2017). Career, technical and agricultural education. Retrieved from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation
Georgia allows students to earn dual credit in academic and/or CTE dual-enrollment courses through the Accel program, HOPE Grant program, Move on When Ready program, and joint enrollment. Depending on the program, courses are offered at the high school, institution of higher education, and/or online. Students may take developmental/remedial coursework for dual credit. Public postsecondary institutions are required to accept these credits (Education Commission of the States, 2015).

Early College High School
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and Gateway to College National Network have partnered with institutions of higher education in Georgia to provide a total of 13 Early College High School programs 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.).

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

Georgia Department of Education. (2005). Georgia state plan: FY2009–2013 (July 1, 2008–June 30, 2013).

Georgia Department of Education. (n.d.). Transition Career Partnerships, Move on When Ready, Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit. Retrieved from

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

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

Career Pathways

Georgia has adopted the National Career Clusters Model and is implementing all 16 Career Clusters, with an additional Energy career cluster based on state workforce and industry needs (NASDCTEc, n.d.). 

For more information about programs of study in Georgia, visit the Georgia Department of Education website.

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

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In 2009, Georgia mandated that all students in Grades 9–12 use the Peach State Pathways: Education and Career Planning Tool (U.S. Department of Labor, 2013).


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

GAcollege411. (n.d.) Peach State Pathways. 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:

4.0 (including American literature/composition and ninth-grade literature and composition)

4.0 (including American, English, or world literature)

Mathematics Credits:

4.0 (including Algebra I, geometry, and advanced algebra or their equivalents)

4.0 (including Algebra I, geometry, and advanced algebra or their equivalents)

Social Studies Credits:

3.0 (United States history [1.0], world history [1.0], American government/civics [0.5], and economics [0.5])

3.0 (including United States history and world history)

Science Credits:

4.0 (including biology; physical science or physics; and chemistry, earth systems, or environmental science)

4.0 (including two with laboratory experience; also including biology; physical science or physics; chemistry, earth systems, environmental science, or an Advanced Placement course)

Foreign Language Credits:

See Additional Credits

2.0 (same language)

Arts Credits:

See Additional Credits

None specified (N/S)

Additional Credits:

8.0 (health and physical education [1.0]; from among career, technical, and agricultural education, modern language, Latin, and/or fine arts [3.0]; and other electives [4.0])


Total Credits:




Georgia High School Graduation Tests and Georgia High School Graduation Writing Test

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Georgia Department of Education


University System of Georgia






Early Warning Systems
Georgia may have a state-specific Early Warning System, but the system is not publicly available.