College and Career Ready Definitions

 “Students, who are prepared for meaningful engagement in college, career, and community, have successfully:

  • Achieved proficiency in essential content knowledge;
  • Mastered key learning skills and cognitive strategies;
  • Acquired practical knowledge enabling successful transitions from high school to college and career; and
  • Built a strong foundation of identity through an ongoing process of wayfinding to engage in local, national, and global contexts.

Students have the content knowledge and skills to be eligible to enroll in credit-bearing, postsecondary courses, workforce training and/or apprenticeship programs without the need for remediation, and complete them successfully.

Students are able to navigate through postsecondary program selection and admissions, possess the knowledge and skills to enter into and thrive in a family-sustaining career pathway, and utilize strategies to resolve problems and improve academic performance.

Wayfinding: Students are able to identify their kuleana and work hard to fulfill these responsibilities to their families, ‘āina, community, and future and past generations.

Students know what makes their communities unique and become more involved through opportunities such as volunteer service, ecological stewardship, and civic engagement.

Students understand and can comfortably interface with diverse perspectives, cultures, and worldviews to flourish in and sustain local and global communities.”


Hawai’i P-20. (2013, September). College, career and community readiness definition. Honolulu, HI: Author. Retrieved from http://www.p20hawaii.org/programs/college-and-career-readiness/cccr-definition/

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Student chronic absenteeism
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years)
  • Other, such as the percentage of students earning a GED certificate
  • Participation in advanced course work, including AP or IB classes or dual enrollment
  • Performance on college entry exams such as SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS
  • Participation in PSAT or ACT Aspire
  • Career preparedness participation, including completing career and technical education classes or WorkKeys assessments and participating in job training
  • Postsecondary enrollment
  • Participation of middle school students in honors, pre-AP, or high school level courses
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
School Status and Improvement Report3
Hawaii State Assessments4
Hawaii State School Readiness Assessment5
School Trend Report6
Early Warning System8
SAT scores and participation rate1
AP scores1
Dual-credit enrollment1
ACT scores2
Students scoring proficient on state tests 4
Kindergarten class profile5
     o Approaches to learning
     o Academic (literacy and math concepts and skills)
Students not meeting standards on state tests8
Grades in core subjects8
Attendance3, 8
School retention3
Suspension by type of infraction3
Young voter registration4
Kids Voting Hawaii4
Kindergarten class profile5
     o School behaviors and skills
     o Social-emotional behaviors
     o Physical well-being 
Offenses by type6
Behavior incidents8
Diploma by type1
Postsecondary fall enrollment (two-year, four-year, University of Hawaii)1
1. Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education. (2016). College and career readiness indicators report. Retrieved from http://www.p20hawaii.org/resources/
2. Hawaii State Department of Education. (2015). StriveHI Performance System. Retrieved from http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/S...
3. State of Hawaii Department of Education. (2016). School status and improvement report. Retrieved from http://arch.k12.hi.us/school/ssir/ssir.html
4. Hawaii State Department of Education. (2017). Smarter Balanced Assessment. Retrieved from http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/StateAsse...
5. State of Hawaii Department of Education. (2017). Hawaii State School Readiness Assessment. Retrieved from http://arch.k12.hi.us/school/hssra/hssra.html#
6. Hawaii Department of Education. (2014). Trend report: Education and fiscal accountability. Retrieved from http://arch.k12.hi.us/PDFs/trends/2013/Act51_State.pdf
7. Hawaii State Department of Education. (2015). Student Assessment Section. Retrieved from http://sas.sao.k12.hi.us/STATE/SAO/SASWebsite.nsf/10d1a575953d0e908a256c...
8. Hawaii State Department of Education. (2016). Early warning system. Retrieved from http://ecsssonline.k12.hi.us/pages/WebHelp/Early_Warning_System.htm
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

Hawaii allows students to earn dual credit in academic and/or CTE dual-enrollment courses through Running Start courses offered at a postsecondary institution. Public postsecondary institutions are required to accept these credits (Education Commission of the States, 2015).

Early College High School
Hawaii is not participating in 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). Hawaii [Interactive map of state career technical education profiles]. Retrieved from http://www.careertech.org/Hawaii

State of Hawaii Department of Education. (n.d.). Running Start. Retrieved from https://www.hawaii.edu/dualcredit/

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

Career Pathways

Hawaii organizes its secondary CTE programs into six career pathways:

  • Arts and Communication
  • Business
  • Health Services
  • Industrial & Engineering Technology
  • Public and Human Services
  • Natural Resources

Within these areas, Hawaii implements programs of study aligned with the following 11 Career Clusters:

  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, and Communications
  • Education and Training
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
  • Marketing 
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics


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

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In 2011, Hawaii mandated that all students in Grades 8–12 have a Personal Transition Plan (PTP) (U.S. Department of Labor, 2013). The PTP should include goal attainment planning, identification of available resources needed for success, evidence to support the plan of action taken, and student self-evaluation. Student, parent and school personnel have a shared responsibility in the development and execution of the PTP during high school. Periodic PTP review by the student, school staff member, and parent and/or guardian is required (Hawaii State Department of Education, n.d.).


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Retrieved from http://www.dol.gov/odep/ilp/map/

Hawaii State Department of Education. (n.d.). Graduation requirements. Retrieved from http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/GraduationRequirements/Pages/home.aspx

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:


3.0 (including Algebra II and geometry)

Social Studies Credits:

4.0 (including Modern History of Hawaii [0.5], Participation in a Democracy [0.5])


Science Credits:



Foreign Language Credits:

See Additional Credits


Arts Credits:

See Additional Credits


Additional Credits:

8.0 (physical education [1.0], health [0.5], personal transition plan [0.5], from among world language, fine arts, and career and technical education (in a single pathway program of study) [2.0], and other electives [6.0]. Senior Project may count toward 1 elective credit.

9.0 (other college preparatory courses [4.0], electives [5.0])

Total Credits:


22.0 (17.0 college preparatory)





Hawaii Department of Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa



Certain programs, such as nursing, social work, education, and others, may have different admission requirements than those listed above.


Early Warning Systems

Hawaii’s state-specific Early Warning System is called the Early Warning System. Early Warning System data are reported at the student and school levels. It is not publicity available who can access the Early Warning System data.


Hawaii Department of Education. (n.d.). Early Warning System. Retrieved from http://ecsssonline.k12.hi.us/pages/WebHelp/Early_Warning_System.htm

Oyadomari-Chun, T. J. (2010). Designing an early warning system for Hawaii: Identifying indicators of positive high school outcomes. Los Angeles, CA: University of Southern California. Retrieved from http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll127/id/371247/rec/17