College and Career Ready Definitions

“Ohio’s college- and career-ready definition is to ensure all students ‘Start Ready and Graduate Ready’ from their PreK–12 learning environment, qualified for success in a degree or credential-granting postsecondary education program, without remediation, and advanced training for a career of choice. Student readiness for college and careers includes: Content Knowledge: A deep core-content knowledge in academic and applicable technical content; 21st Century Skills: The effective use of academic and technical skills (e.g., research, problem-solving, systems thinking); Readiness Behaviors: The acquisition of readiness behaviors such as goal-setting, persistence, and resourcefulness; College and Career Survival Skills: The acquisition of knowledge and skills needed to navigate successfully within the world of higher education and world of work.”


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

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years)
  • Improving K-3 literacy
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
Ohio Higher Education’s High School to College Transition Reports2
CTE Report Card4
Grade 10 and 11 students scoring on Ohio Graduation Test1
Student scores on AP exams and IB exams1
AP and IB test participation rate1
Participation rate in college admission test (SAT/ACT)1
Students receiving college-ready score on SAT/ACT1
NAEP scores3
Students receiving an honors diploma1
Successful completion of a course that awards postsecondary credit2
Students earning at least three dual-enrollment credits1
K–3 literacy progress1
Students passing the Ohio Career- Technical Competency Assessments or industry assessments for their career-technical program4
Industry credentials1,4
CTE completers:4
     o Technical skill attainment
     o Dual-enrollment rate
     o Graduation rate
     o Postsecondary outcomes
     o Students employed in a related field within six months
Attendance rate1
Secondary school completion4
Graduates enrolling in Ohio public colleges (public university or university regional campus/community college)2
Remediation rates2
1. Ohio Department of Education. (n.d.). Ohio school report cards. Retrieved from http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/Pages/default.aspx  
2. Ohio Department of Higher Education. (n.d.). High school to college transition reports. Retrieved from https://www.ohiohighered.org/data-reports/college-readiness
3. Ohio Department of Education. (n.d.). National and International Testing. Retrieved from http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/National-and-International-Testing
4. Ohio Department of Education. (n.d.). CTE report card. Retrieved from http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/Pages/Career-Tech.aspx
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

Ohio state policy allows students to earn dual credit for academic or CTE postsecondary courses taken at their high school, a postsecondary institution, or virtually. 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, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, and Middle College National Consortium have partnered with institutions of higher education to provide 11 Early College High School programs as part of the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI;. Jobs for the Future, n.d.).


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

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

Career Pathways

"Ohio organizes CTE programs into seventeen Career Technical Content Standards that are based on the National Career Clusters Framework and state workforce requirements."

The modified Career Clusters include:

  • Agricultural and Environmental Systems
  • Arts and Communications
  • Business and Administrative Services
  • Construction Technologies
  • Education and Training
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Finance
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Public Safety
  • Manufacturing Technologies
  • Marketing
  • Transportation Systems

Ohio offers programs of study within all 16 of the Career Clusters.


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

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In Ohio, the Individual Academic and Career Plan (IACP) provides structure so that students and adults have a framework to guide their exploration, planning, and decision making. The components of the IACP support early explorers through experienced career seekers. The IACP contains the tools necessary for creating a comprehensive academic and career plan. Ohio's IACP is in use but is not mandated by the state. It includes all students in Grades 6–12.


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:

4.0 (including Algebra II or equivalent)


Social Studies Credits:

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


Science Credits:

3.0 (life science, physical sciences, and one course from among chemistry, physics or other physical science, advanced biology or other life science, astronomy, physical geology, or other Earth or space science)


Foreign Language Credits:

None specified (N/S)

2.0 (in same language)

Arts Credits:


1.0 (either visual or performing arts)

Additional Credits:

5.0 (including financial literacy, health [0.5], and physical education [0.5])

1.0 (from among English, mathematics, natural science, social science, foreign language, or visual or performing arts)

Total Credits:




Ohio Graduation Tests

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio State University




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