College and Career Ready Definitions

 “Students should have education and career goals that will prepare them to experience fulfilling lives, actively participate as educated citizens, and thrive in a particularly competitive and global marketplace.”


Utah State Department of Education. (n.d.). College and Career Awareness [website]. Retrieved from https://schools.utah.gov/cte/awareness

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Performance on college entry exams such as SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS
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
Report Card1
USOE Educational Data2
Utah Data Alliance3
EOC assessments1
AP scores, enrollment, and participation rate1,2
ACT participation rate1,2
Courses taken resulting in college credit (dual enrollment)1
Number of concurrent enrollment courses taken1
Third-grade literacy2
Eighth-grade literacy2
Attendance rate2
Students absent ≥10 days2
Dropout rate2
Graduation rate2
     o Other completers
     o Still enrolled
Utah higher education enrollments3
Students assigned to developmental coursework in postsecondary education2
First-year college GPA2
Average number of credit hours completed in first year of postsecondary education2
Persistence into second year of postsecondary education2
1. Utah State Office of Education. (n.d.). Report card. Retrieved from https://psdreports.schools.utah.gov/Gateway 
2. Utah State Office of Education. (2010). USOE educational data. Retrieved from http://www.schools.utah.gov/data/ 
3. Utah Data Alliance. (n.d.). Postsecondary enrollment: Utah high school graduating class of 2010. Retrieved from http://www.utahdataalliance.org/dashboards/post-secondary.shtml
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

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

Early College High School

The Utah Partnership for Education, Inc., established one Early College High School program and the Utah Partnership Foundation established two programs, each in partnership with an institution of higher education in Utah, 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 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

Utah "organizes secondary CTE programs into eight "CTE Pathways" based on state workforce requirements, and they are framed around the National Career Cluster Framework" (NASDCTEc, n.d.).The Career Clusters were chosen based on the likelihood that completion of a program of study within a cluster would prepare students for postsecondary education and employment within existing and/or emerging professions (Utah State Office of Education, 2008).

The modified Career Clusters include:

  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Health Science
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Skilled and Technical Sciences
  • Technology and Engineering

Utah maintains programs of study within the following Career Cluster areas:

  • 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.). Utah [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from http://careertech.org/Utah

Utah State Board of Education. (n.d.). CTE Pathways. Retrieved from https://schools.utah.gov/cte/pathways


Career Exploration and Career Plans

In Utah, individual student planning consists of school counselors coordinating ongoing systemic activities designed to help individual students establish personal goals and develop future plans. Utah's Student Education Plan (SEP) and Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP) are in use but not mandated by the state. They include all students in Grades K–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 (students who complete calculus have met graduation requirements regardless of the number of credits they have taken)

2.0 (from among geometry, intermediate algebra, trigonometry, advanced algebra, or calculus)

Social Studies Credits:

2.5 (geography [0.5], civilizations [0.5], U.S. history [1.0], and U.S. government and citizenship [0.5])

1.0 (American history and government)

Science Credits:

3.0 (including two selected from among Earth systems, biological science, chemistry, and physics)

3.0 (including one course with laboratory experience and two selected from among human biology, biology, chemistry, and physics)

Foreign Language Credits:

None specified (N/S)

2.0 (in same language)

Arts Credits:



Additional Credits:

10.0 (physical and health education [2.0], career and technical education [1.0], computers [0.5], general financial literacy [0.5], and electives [6.0])

4.0 (two electives selected from among English, history, mathematics beyond intermediate algebra, foreign language, laboratory sciences, technology and engineering education, social science, or the arts)

Total Credits:





Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Utah State Office of Education

University of Utah


Districts may set requirements beyond the statewide minimum graduation requirements.



Early Warning Systems

Utah provides resources for a model called Check & Connect, a comprehensive tier 2 intervention designed to engage family, student, and school staff in supporting engagement and learning for students in Grades K–12. The level at which Early Warning System data are reported and who can access the data is not publicly available.


Utah State Office of Education. (2010). Dropout prevention: Utah resources. Retrieved from http://www.schools.utah.gov/prevention/Dropout-Prevention/Utah-Resources.aspx