College and Career Ready Definitions

Oklahoma is implementing the College, Career and Citizen Ready (C³) plan, “which will ensure each student graduating with a diploma from an Oklahoma public school will be ready for college or career without the need for remediation and will be citizen ready, meaning they will know something about our government and the history of our nation.”


State of Oklahoma. (2012, January 12). Resolutions [Web blog post]. Retrieved from http://ok.gov/sde/newsblog/2011-12-30/resolutions

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Attendance
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Dropout rate
  • Participation in advanced course work, including AP or IB classes or dual enrollment
  • 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
  • Participation of middle school students in honors, pre-AP, or high school level courses
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
ACT Scores2
OK State Regents for Higher Education, Education Pipeline Reports3 
Early Warning System4
EOC exams1
K–3 students receiving reading remediation1
Average GPA of high school seniors1
Graduates completing Regents’ “College-Bound” curriculum1
Credit accumulation4
Average number of days absent per student1, 4
Suspension rate1, 4
Volunteer hours per student1
Juvenile offenders and average offenses per student charged1
Out-of-state college-going rate1
In-state college-going rate1
In-state freshmen taking at least one remedial course in core subjects:1,3
     o English
     o Math
     o Reading
     o Science
In-state freshmen with GPA of 2.0 or greater1
1. State of Oklahoma. (n.d.). State school report card. Retrieved from http://www.schoolreportcard.org/oeip.asp 
2. Oklahoma Department of Education. (2015). ACT scores. Retrieved from http://ok.gov/sde/actsat%C2%AE 
3. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. (2015). The education pipeline. Retrieved from http://www.okhighered.org/studies-reports/education-pipeline/ 
4. Oklahoma State Department of Education. (2012). The Wave:  Early Warning Indicators Application.  Retrieved from http://ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/documents/files/Early_Warning_I...
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

Oklahoma 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

Oklahoma 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.).


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

Oklahoma has adopted the National Career Clusters Framework to develop secondary skills standards in 14 of the Career Clusters:

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

Oklahoma is in the process of revising the state’s programs of study through a Rigorous Program of Study grant.


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

Career Exploration and Career Plans
Oklahoma does not have a statewide system for career exploration or career plans at the K–12 level.
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 (at the level of Algebra I or above)

3.0 (from among Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, or higher level courses)

Social Studies Credits:

3.0 (including American history [1.0], Oklahoma history [0.5], and U.S. government [0.5])

3.0 (American history and two credits from among history, economics, geography, government, civics, and/or Western culture)

Science Credits:

3.0 (selected from among biology, chemistry, physics, or any laboratory science course with content and/or rigor equal to or greater than biology)


Foreign Language Credits:

2.0 (in same language; students may substitute with computer technology)

None specified (N/S)

Arts Credits:

1.0 (selected from among fine arts such as music, art, or drama; or speech)


Additional Credits:



Total Credits:




Students must take state content mastery examinations in Algebra I and English II; they also must take examinations in two of the following five topics: Algebra II, Biology I, English III, geometry, and U.S. history

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Oklahoma State Department of Education

Oklahoma State University




Early Warning Systems

Oklahoma’s state-specific Early Warning System is called the Early Warning Indicators (EWI) Application. Early Warning System data are reported at the student, school, and district levels to teachers, administrators, district superintendents, and district administrators.


Oklahoma State Department of Education. (2012). The Wave: Early Warning Indicators Application. Retrieved from http://ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/documents/files/Early_Warning_Indicators_Application_v01_01.pdf

Oklahoma State Department of Education. (2015). The Wave system. Retrieved from http://ok.gov/sde/wave-system