College and Career Ready Definitions

“A career ready person capitalizes on personal strengths, talents, education and experiences to bring value to the workplace and the community through his /her performance, skill, diligence, ethics and responsible behavior … When students are career ready, they are prepared for the next step in their lives—whether that means getting their first job or beginning their college ‘career’ (which eventually leads to the workplace as well)! Being career ready also means being ready for life.”


Nebraska Department of Education. (2009). Nebraska standards for career ready practice. Nebraska Summit on Career Readiness. Lincoln, NE: Author. Retrieved from

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years)
  • Measure of school climate and culture
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
Report Card1
Carl D. Perkins Secondary Accountability Report Cards2
Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, College-Going Rates Report3
ACT enrollment and scores by subject area1
National standardized measure (district-determined) 1
CTE enrollments by cluster area2
Number of concentrators by pathway2
Students reaching targeted level of skill attainment2
Students completing CTE programs2
Students graduating after enrollment in CTE2
Students entering postsecondary education or advanced training, military service, or employment within two quarters following graduation2
Attendance rate1
Dropout rate1
College-going rates3
1. Nebraska Department of Education. (2014a). 2013–2014 state of the schools report. Retrieved from
2. Nebraska Department of Education. (2014b). Perkins report cards. Retrieved from
3. Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. (2014). Data collection and reports. Retrieved from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

Nebraska’s state policy allows students to earn dual credit for postsecondary courses taken at their high school or a postsecondary institution. There is no policy in place for students to earn dual credit in CTE. Public postsecondary institutions in the state are not required to accept dual-enrollment credits (ECS, 2015).

Early College High School

The Gateway to College at Metropolitan Community College has partnered with an institution of higher education to 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.).


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

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

Career Pathways

Nebraska has adopted the National Career Clusters Framework and rearranged the 16 Career Clusters into six "career fields."

The modified Career Clusters include:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Business, Marketing, and Management
  • Communication and Information Systems
  • Health Science
  • Human Sciences and Education
  • Skilled and Technical Sciences

In addition, Nebraska is currently working on implementing programs of study within all 16 Career Cluster areas.


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

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In Nebraska, a Personal Learning Plan is a student's current plan of coursework and extended learning activities to meet the student's education, career, and life goals. Nebraska's Personal Learning Plan is in use but is not mandated by the state. It includes all students in Grade 7– postsecondary.


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Washington, DC: Author. 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:



Mathematics Credits:


3.0 (including Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II)

Social Studies Credits:


3.0 (including American or world history [1.0], and U.S. government or geography [1.0])

Science Credits:


3.0 (including two courses from among biology, physics, chemistry, and Earth sciences; at least one of the above must have a laboratory experience)

Foreign Language Credits:

None specified (N/S)

2.0 (in same language)

Arts Credits:



Additional Credits:



Total Credits:

200 (at least 80 percent must be from the core curriculum)




Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Nebraska Department of Education

University of Nebraska


These requirements are in effect beginning with students graduating in 2015.



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