College and Career Ready Definitions

“Content standards that define what students are expected to know and be able to do to enter and advance in college and/or their careers comprise the foundation of a program of study.

Rigorous college and career readiness standards should:

  • Be developed and continually validated in collaboration with secondary, postsecondary, and industry partners.
  • Incorporate essential knowledge and skills (i.e., academic skills, communication, and problem-solving), which students must master regardless of their chosen career area or program of study.
  • Provide the same rigorous knowledge and skills in English and mathematics that employers and colleges expect of high school graduates.
  • Incorporate industry-recognized technical standards that are valued in the workplace.
  • To the extent practicable, be internationally benchmarked so that all students are prepared to succeed in a global economy.”


Idaho Professional-Technical Education. (n.d.). College and career readiness standards. Boise, ID: Author. Retrieved from

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • 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
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
Idaho State Board of Education Research Statistics2
Advanced Opportunity Data3
Freshman in need of remediation (four-year, two-year)2
Postsecondary enrollment within six months and one year after graduation2
Postsecondary progress2
     o New to college
     o Retained
     o Returned after stop-t
     o No longer enrolled and not graduated
     o Graduated
     o Not in National Student Clearinghouse data
Dual-credit enrollment and credit hours by postsecondary institution3
1. Idaho State Department of Education. (2016). Report card. Retrieved from
2. Idaho State Board of Education. (2016). Research & statistics. Retrieved from
3. Idaho State Board of Education. (2016). Advanced opportunity data. Retrieved from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation
Idaho allows students to earn dual credit in academic and/or CTE dual-enrollment courses through Postsecondary Enrollment Options at their high school, postsecondary institution, online, or other venue. Public postsecondary institutions are not required to accept these credits (Education Commission of the States, 2015).

Early College High School
Idaho is not participating in the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.).

Idaho State Department of Education. (2013). Advanced opportunities: Dual credit for Early Completers Program 2013 update. Retrieved from

Idaho State Department of Education. (n.d.). Dual Credit Task Force. Retrieved from

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

National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium. (2013). Idaho [Interactive map of state career technical education profiles]. Retrieved from

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

Career Pathways

Idaho organizes its secondary CTE programs into six “super clusters”:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Arts and Communications
  • Business and Management
  • Engineering and Industrial Systems
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Resources

Within these areas, Idaho implements programs of study aligned with all 16 Career Clusters (National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, n.d.).


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

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In 2006, Idaho mandated that all students in Grades 8–12 have a Student Learning Plan (U.S. Department of Labor, 2013).

Student Learning Plans outline a course of study and activities that should include a rigorous academic core and a related sequence of electives in academic, professional-technical education, or humanities aligned with the student’s post-graduation goals. The learning plan is developed by students and parents or guardians with advice and recommendation from school personnel. Annual review is required, and revisions can be made at any time. (The Idaho School Counseling Model: A Framework For Comprehensive Programs, n.d).


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

The Idaho School Counseling Model: A Framework For Comprehensive Programs, n.d). Appendix: Idaho statute and rule. 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:

9.0 (including speech, which may be obtained through other courses that meet the state speech requirement [1.0])

8.0 (including composition and literature)

Mathematics Credits:

6 (including Algebra I and geometry; two credits must be taken in the last year of high school)

6.0 (including Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II or their equivalents; an additional two credits strongly encouraged from among probability, discrete mathematics, analytic geometry, calculus, statistics, and trigonometry; four required mathematics credits must be taken in 10th, 11th, and/or 12th grades)

Social Studies Credits:

5.0 (including United States history, economics, and American government)

5.0 (including American government, geography, United States history, world history, economics, psychology, and sociology. Approved consumer economics courses also are counted for credit)

Science Credits:

6.0 (including four with laboratory experience)

6.0 (including two with laboratory experience. Students select from among anatomy, biology, chemistry, geology, earth science, physical science, physiology, physics, and zoology.)

Foreign Language Credits:

See Additional Credits

See Additional Credits

Arts Credits:

See Additional Credits

See Additional Credits

Additional Credits:

20.0 (humanities, including interdisciplinary humanities, fine arts, or foreign language [2.0]; health [1.0]; and other electives [17.0])

5.0. (2.0 from among literature, history, philosophy, foreign language, fine arts, and interdisciplinary humanities; 3.0 from among speech or debate [maximum 1.0 credit], studio/performing arts, or foreign language)

Total Credits:




Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). Take either the ACT®, Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), COMPASS, or ACCUPLACER examination by end of 11th grade



Idaho Department of Education

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Early Warning Systems

Idaho’s state-specific Early Warning System has an unknown tool name. The level at which Early Warning System data are reported and who can access the data is not publicly available.


Idaho State Department of Education. (n.d.). Multi-tiered systems of support. Retrieved from

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