College and Career Ready Definitions

“We define [college and career readiness] as student preparation that is adequate to allow a student to pass first-year technical training and first-year college courses in core areas without remediation. Our state is preparing students not just for the opportunities we know about today, but also for the economic and intellectual challenges of the future”


Michigan Department of Education. (2015). ESEA flexibility request. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/esea-flexibility/flex-renewal/morenewalreq2015.pdf

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Attendance rate
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years)
  • Teacher use of state data systems or school use of teacher-student data systems
  • Reporting educator effectiveness labels
  • State law compliance factors
  • Test participation of less than 95 percent of students limits or reduces overall rating or classification
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
MI School Data3
MDE CTE Perkins4
ACT by subject1
Michigan Merit Examination1
Enrollment in approved CTE courses3
CTE enrollment by pathway4
CTE completers by pathway4
Postsecondary education and employment status4
Attendance rate1 (elementary and middle schools)1
Dropout rate1
Six-year graduation rate1
College enrollment3
Time to college enrollment3
Students completing 24 credits following high school3
College remedial coursework enrollment3
1. Michigan Department of Education. (2016). Michigan district and school accountability scorecards. Retrieved from http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-22709_25058---,00.html
2. Michigan Department of Education. (2017). National Assessment of Educational Progress. Retrieved from http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/naep/
3. Michigan Department of Education. (2016). CTE Perkins 15-16. Retrieved from  http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-6530_2629_53969---,00.html
4. Michigan Department of Education. (2016). CTE Perkins 15-16. Retrieved from http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-6530_2629_53969---,00.html
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

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

Early College High School

Gateway to College National Network, Henry Ford College, and Mott Community College have partnered with local education agencies to provide Early College High Schools as part of the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). An additional group of high school entities (high schools as well as regional consortia of schools) have partnered with institutions of higher education in Michigan to provide 68 Early/Middle College High School programs (Michigan Department of Education, n.d.). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.). Find more information about Michigan’s Early/Middle College High Schools at the Michigan Department of Education website.


Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from http://www.jff.org/initiatives/early-college-designs/schools

Michigan Department of Education. (n.d.). Early/Middle College High Schools & programs. Retrieved from http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EMC_LIST_9.25.14_469752_7.pdf

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

Career Pathways

Michigan organizes its CTE programs using the Career Clusters framework. Michigan also implements programs of study across all 16 Career Clusters, with Rigorous Programs of Study (RPOS) in the following six Career Clusters:

  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Health Science
  • Human Services
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing

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

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In 2009, Michigan mandated that all students in Grades 7–12 have an Educational Development Plan (EDP; U.S. Department of Labor, 2013). EDPs are “living” documents, updated as student interests and abilities become more obvious and focused. Students are required to develop an EDP with guidance from school advisors. When applicable, parents and community contacts also should be included (Michigan Department of Education, 2009).


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

Michigan Department of Education. (2009). EDP fundamentals. Retrieved from http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/MDE_EDP_10-2-09_296459_7.pdf

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:

4.0 (including Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II; at least one course must be taken during students’ senior year)

3.0 (algebra [2.0] and geometry [1.0]; a fourth year of mathematics is preferred)

Social Studies Credits:

3.0 (United States history and geography [1.0], world history and geography [1.0], civics [0.5]; and economics [0.5])

3.0 (history, anthropology, economics, geography, government, political science, psychology, or sociology)


Science Credits:

3.0 (including biology [1.0] and chemistry or physics [1.0])

2.0 (biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science)

Foreign Language Credits:


2.0 (in same language)

Arts Credits:


None specified (N/S)

Additional Credits:

1.0 (physical education and health)


Total Credits:




Michigan Merit Examination

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Michigan Department of Education

Michigan State University


In addition to requirements listed above, all students must complete one or more credit or non-credit courses or learning experiences offered through an online format.



Early Warning Systems

Michigan provides some Early Warning System guidance as part of its Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. This includes training materials, such as slides and a primer on dropout prevention. The level at which Early Warning System data are reported and who can access the data is not publicly available. 


Michigan Department of Education. (2015). Superintendent’s Dropout Challenge. Retrieved from http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-5235_53792---,00.html

Michigan Department of Education. (2015). Priority Toolkit. Retrieved from http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Using_Systems_to_Address_Early_Warning_Signs_for_All_Students_473178_7.zip