College and Career Ready Definitions

“College and career readiness means that a high school graduate has the necessary English and mathematics knowledge and skills—including, but not limited to, reading, writing, communications, teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving—either to qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing two- or four- year college courses without the need for remedial coursework, or in workforce training programs for his/her chosen career that offer competitive, livable salaries above the poverty line, offer opportunities for career advancement, and are in a growing or sustainable industry.”


Center on Education Policy. (2013). How do states define career readiness? Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://www.cep-dc.org/cfcontent_file.cfm?Attachment=CareerReadiness_RelatedReport1-HowDoStatesDefineCareerReadiness_10.30.13.pdf

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (n.d.). College & Career Readiness. Retrieved from: https://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Attendance
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years)
  • Performance in advanced course work, including AP or IB exams and dual enrollment course grades
  • Participation in college entry exams such as SAT or ACT
  • 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
  • Military enrollment within six months of graduation
  • Percentage of middle schoolers who passed a high-school-level end-of-course assessment or earned industry certification
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 School Report Card1
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Quick Facts2
Top 10 by 203
Early Warning Systems5
EOC exams1
AP enrollment rate1
Student scores on AP exams3
Participation rate3
Grade point average5
CTE enrollment rate1
CTE enrollment by pathway and course1
Number of CTE completers
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) means score3
ASVAB participation rate
Dropout rate1
Suspensions of 10 or more consecutive days1
Expulsion rate1 
Family engagement5
Student engagement5
School climate5
FAFSA filing rate2
Graduates entering postsecondary education/training4
Students in remedial coursework in Missouri public higher education4
Students completing first-semester coursework in Missouri public higher education4
Enrolled for second year in Missouri public higher education4
Average spring and fall semester GPAs for students in Missouri public higher education4
Graduates enrolled in Missouri public higher education earning degree within six years4
1. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (n.d.). Missouri Comprehensive Data System: School report card. Retrieved from http://mcds.dese.mo.gov/guidedinquiry/School%20Report%20Card/School%20Re...
2. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (n.d.). Quick facts. Retrieved from http://mcds.dese.mo.gov/quickfacts/Pages/default.aspx 
3. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (n.d.). Top 10 by 20. Retrieved from https://dese.mo.gov/top-10-by-20 
4. Missouri Department of Higher Education. (n.d.). High school graduates report. Retrieved from  http://dhe.mo.gov/data/hsgradreport.php 
5. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (n.d.). Missouri Model Schools Dropout Prevention Project. Retrieved from  https://dese.mo.gov/special-education/effective-practices/missouri-model...
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Credit and Articulation

Missouri state policy allows students to earn dual credit for academic or CTE postsecondary courses taken at their high school or a postsecondary institution. All public postsecondary institutions in the state are required to accept dual-enrollment credits (ECS, 2015).

Early College High School

The Gateway to College National Network, National Council of La Raza, and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation have partnered with institutions of higher education to each provide one Early College High School program 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.).


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

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

Career Pathways

Missouri has adopted the National Career Clusters Framework, and arranges the secondary CTE programs into six broad Content Areas:

  • Agricultural Education
  • Business, Marketing and Informational Technology Education
  • Family Consumer Sciences and Human Services Education
  • Health Sciences
  • Skilled Technical Sciences
  • Technology and Engineering Education

Within each of these areas, Missouri implements programs of study that are aligned with the following Career Clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications 
  • Business, Management & Administration 
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing 
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics


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

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In Missouri, individual planning activities help all students plan, monitor, and manage their academic achievements, as well as their personal/social and career development. The foundation for individual planning will be established during the elementary school years through guidance activities. Missouri's Personal Plan of Study (PPS) is mandated by the state. It includes all students in Grades 8–12.


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

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 I or above)

Social Studies Credits:


3.0 (including American history [1.0] and government [0.5])

Science Credits:


3.0 (including one course with laboratory experience)

Foreign Language Credits:

None specified (N/S)

See Additional Credits

Arts Credits:



Additional Credits:

10.0 (physical education [1.0], practical arts such as life skills or career education [1.0], health education [0.5], personal finance [0.5], electives [7.0])

10.0 (including academic electives selected from among foreign language, computer science, and/or two or more of the areas listed above [3.0])

Total Credits:





Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Missouri State University




Early Warning Systems

Missouri’s state-specific Early Warning System is called the Missouri Model Schools Dropout Prevention Project. The level at which Early Warning System data are reported is not publicly available. School and district teams can access Early Warning System data.


Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (2015). Missouri Model Schools Dropout Prevention Project. Retrieved from http://dese.mo.gov/special-education/effective-practices/missouri-model-schools-dropout-prevention-project