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ERIC Number: ED547272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Making Career Readiness Count
Kreamer, Kate Blosveren; O'Hara, Marie; Curl, Cory
Achieve, Inc.
There is growing consensus in states across the nation that the goal of the K-12 education system is to "prepare all students to graduate from high school ready for college and careers". Yet, in all but a handful of states, the priority goals set to drive student performance toward and beyond college and career readiness sputter out after the word "college." The student performance indicators that states include in school- and district-level report cards and accountability systems should tell a story about what matters most to the states. Looking at these report cards and accountability systems, the story seems to be that the essential "and" in "college and careers" is actually an "or," with the focus on career readiness often limited to a subset of students. The purpose of this brief is to increase knowledge and understanding of career readiness by proposing an expanded framework for college- and career-ready indicators that better incorporates indicators focused on career preparation. The authors intend to catalyze action--they provide guidance and recommendations for states on how they can take steps in the next few years to ensure that the "career" in their college- and career-ready accountability and public reporting system is not an afterthought but rather a powerful lever to focus priorities, drive progress, and ultimately see more students, and their communities, succeed. Importantly, the authors are not putting forward one specific approach or strategy for valuing college and career readiness but rather offering a view into how states are currently approaching this challenge and what policymakers need to consider as they look to reform their own reporting and accountability systems. A Glossary is included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc.; National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)