In many circles, efforts are under way to develop a definition of college and career readiness. This brief contains a definition that is the culmination of 18 years of study and research on this topic…A student who is ready for college and career can qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit- bearing college courses leading to a baccalaureate or certificate, or career pathway-oriented training programs, without the need for remedial or developmental coursework. However, not every student requires the same proficiency in all areas. A student’s interests and post-high school aspirations influence the precise knowledge and skill profiles necessary to be ready for postsecondary studies.
Author: Dr. David Conley
We use this definition of college and career readiness, also referred to as the Four Keys to College and Career Readiness, as the foundation of much of our work here at the Educational Policy Improvement Center. To learn about how this definition has continued to evolve as we work with schools and district throughout the country, read about the Four Keys in Action.