For more than a decade, Achieve has reported on all 50 states’ policies concerning college and career readiness, such as state standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems. However, policies alone do not guarantee that students will graduate prepared for college and careers. This latest report from Achieve looks to examine measures and indicators of college and career readiness from each state, including students’ performance on college and career ready assessments, completion of a rigorous course of study, and earning college credit while in high school.
This policy brief states that a student’s first steps toward college attendance begins with the student’s awareness of college and career options. However, in order to make students aware of postsecondary opportunities, state boards must first enhance their college readiness standards with college awareness initiatives. To that end, this brief provides two examples of initiatives in Oregon and Idaho that have done just that.
A growing number of states allow community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees as one strategy to meet workforce demands, address affordability, and increase access to educational opportunities. This Education Commission of the States Policy Analysis examines state policies that allow community colleges to offer four-year degrees, summarizes arguments for and against these policies, and offers key policy considerations related to community college bachelor’s degree programs.
Roughly one third of all U.S. high school graduates do not enroll in college right after earning a diploma. An important factor in this transition is the demonstration of college readiness. To enhance students’ transitions, statewide and systemwide admission policies are beginning to assess college readiness through multiple measures. This ECS Education Trends report reviews these multiple measures, provides a deeper look at competency-based assessments, and offers policy considerations for state and system leaders.
States are implementing a variety of initiatives and policies to assess and support students’ college and career readiness. To help state leaders and policymakers identify trends and learn about innovative approaches to this work, the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center has updated the CCRS Center interactive state map with new and streamlined content. The map provides an easy-to-navigate snapshot of state college and career readiness policies, metrics, and initiatives across all states.
To be competitive in an increasingly global economy, students entering the workforce will need more than just academic knowledge to be successful. Employability skills are becoming a critical component of making students truly ready for success in the work place.