College and Career Ready Definitions

“Students who are college and career ready have, upon graduation, the knowledge, habits, and skills needed to succeed in postsecondary education and/or training that maximize their options and opportunities to successfully participate in productive and sustainable employment.”


Wisconsin Department of Education. (2015). ESEA flexibility request. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/esea-flexibility/flex-renewal/wirenewalreq15.pdf

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Attendance rate
  • Chronic absenteeism
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years
  • Dropout rate
  • Participation in college entry exams such as SAT or ACT
  • 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
Career and Technical Education Enrollment Reporting System (CTEERS)3
Wisconsin District and School Performance Report4
Early Warning System5
Meeting the ACT college readiness benchmarks1,2,4
AP scores and participation rate2,4
Prior year performance on Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) performance in reading and mathematics in the prior school year5
Students who are “career concentrators”3
Outcomes of graduates who are career concentrators3
     o Enrolled in four-year postsecondary institution
     o Enrolled in two-year postsecondary institution
     o Employed
     o Military
     o Homemaker
     o Seeking employment
Retention rates2,4
Chronic absenteeism2,4
Student participation in cocurricular activities2
     o Academic
     o Athletic
     o Music
Disciplinary incidents (suspension/expulsion) and duration and type2
Extra/cocurricular participation rates2,4
     o Academic
     o Athletic
     o Music
School-sponsored community activity participation rates2,4
     o Required
     o Voluntary
Postsecondary plans of graduates2,4
     o Four-year college
     o Vocational/technical college
     o Employment
     o Military
     o Job training
     o Miscellaneous
Attendance in the prior school year5
Days removed for out-of- school suspension or expulsion in the prior school year5
Number of school and district moves in the prior school year5
1. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (n.d.). Report card. Retrieved from http://reportcards.dpi.wi.gov/
2. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (n.d.). WISEdash. Retrieved from http://wisedash.dpi.wi.gov/Dashboard/portalHome.jsp
3. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (n.d.). Career and Technical Education Enrollment Reporting System (CTEERS). Retrieved from http://cte.dpi.wi.gov/cte_cteershome
4. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (n.d.). Wisconsin district and school performance reports. Retrieved from https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/sdpr/district-report.action
5. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (n.d.). DEWS (Dropout Early Warning System). Retrieved from http://dpi.wi.gov/dews
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

Wisconsin state policy allows students to earn dual credit for academic or CTE postsecondary courses taken at their high school or a postsecondary institution. It is not clear whether public postsecondary institutions in the state are required to accept dual-enrollment credits (ECS, 2015).

Early College High School

The National Council of La Raza 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; 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

Wisconsin has adopted the National Career Clusters Framework and is implementing all 16 Career Clusters.


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

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (n.d.). Career & Technical Education Standards. Madison, WI: Author. Retrieved from http://cte.dpi.wi.gov/cte_standards

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In Wisconsin, the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) provides students the opportunity to engage in the process of evaluating their interests, skills, and values; investigate the inter-relationship of educational achievement, life goals, career planning, training and placement; evaluate the present job market and analyze predictions of future trends at local, regional, state, national and global levels; propose career options and set goals; and create an ILP to reach those goals. Wisconsin's ILP 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:



Social Studies Credits:



Science Credits:



Foreign Language Credits:

None specified (N/S)


Arts Credits:



Additional Credits:

1.5 (physical education)

4.0 (electives selected from among academic areas specified above, foreign languages, arts, computer science, or other academic areas)

Total Credits:





Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

University of Wisconsin System


State statute recommends but does not require that school boards grant a high school diploma only when students earn an additional 8.5 credits from among career and technical education, foreign languages, fine arts, and other courses. Students are required to earn 0.5 credits in a health course in Grades 7–12.



Early Warning Systems

Wisconsin’s state-specific Early Warning System is called the Dropout Early Warning System (DEWS). Early Warning System data are reported at the student, school, district, and state levels. Access is granted by the application administrator to whom eligible potential users submit an application.


Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (n.d.). WISEdash Public Portal. Retrieved from http://wise.dpi.wi.gov/wise_dashdews

Knowles, J. E., & White, D. (2015, January). Wisconsin Dropout Early Warning System action guide. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved from http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/dews/pdf/DEWS%20Action%20Guide%202015.pdf

Wisconsin Department of Public instruction. (n.d.). Graduation. Retrieved from http://graduation.dpi.wi.gov/

Wisconsin PBIS Network. (n.d.). [Website]. Retrieved from http://www.wisconsinpbisnetwork.org/

Wisconsin RtI Center. (n.d.). [Website]. Retrieved from http://www.wisconsinrticenter.org/