College and Career Ready Definitions

“College and Career Ready means an individual has the academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, and employability skills to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification or in the workforce, without the need for remediation.”


Kansas State Department of Education. (2013). Kansas college and career ready. Retrieved from http://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/Learning%20Services%20Documents/College%20and%20Career%20Ready.pdf

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years)
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
Report Card1
Attendance rate1
Dropout rate1
Graduates enrolled in an institution of higher education within 16 months1
Graduates who complete one year of college credit within two years of enrollment in a Kansas state institution of higher education1
1. Kansas State Department of Education. (2016). Report card 2013–2014. Retrieved from http://ksreportcard.ksde.org/
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

Kansas allows students to earn dual credit in academic and/or CTE concurrent enrollment courses at their high school or postsecondary institution. Public postsecondary institutions are not required to accept these credits (Education Commission of the States, 2015).

Early College High School

Kansas 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

Kansas Board of Regents. (n.d.). Concurrent enrollment. Retrieved from http://www.kansasregents.org/students/concurrent_enrollment

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

Career Pathways

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Kansas organizes its secondary CTE programs into six areas:

  • Arts, Communication, and Information
  • Business, Marketing, and Management
  • Environmental and Agricultural Systems
  • Industrial, Manufacturing, and Engineering Systems
  • Health Science
  • Human Resources and Services

Within these areas, Kansas implements programs of study aligned with all 16 Career Clusters.


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

Career Exploration and Career Plans

Kansas recommends individual plans of study (IPS) for all students in grades 8 through 12. These plans are designed to help students envision their pathway to college and career readiness, as well as to reduce postsecondary remediation rates. These plans are developed collaboratively between students, educators, and parents, and are updated twice annually (Kansas State Department of Education, n.d.).


Kansas State Department of Education. (n.d.). Individual Plans of Study - Student. Retrieved from http://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Career-Standard...

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:


4.0 (one course taken each year of high school)

Mathematics Credits:

3.0 (including algebra and geometry)


Social Studies Credits:

3.0 (including world history, United States history, United States government, concepts of economics and geography)


Science Credits:

3.0 (physical, biological, and earth and space science including one course with laboratory experience)

3.0 (including chemistry or physics)

Foreign Language Credits:

None specified (N/S)


Arts Credits:



Additional Credits:

7.0 (physical education/health [1.0] and electives [6.0])

3.0 (electives)

Total Credits:







Kansas State Department of Education

Kansas Board of Regents



The above requirements apply to high school graduates through the 2013–14 school year.


Early Warning Systems

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