Our economy demands that we prepare all young people – no matter what their socioeconomic standing, background, or academic prowess – with the success skills they need to effectively navigate further education and training; pursue a purposeful, family-sustaining career; and engage productively in their local communities. To do so, we must support school districts and their local communities to set high expectations for students and hold themselves collectively accountable for supporting all students to meet the outcomes.
School districts across the state share the common goal of preparing all students for success in college, career, and civic engagement. While the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, as well as the associated Smarter Balanced assessments, may be necessary to meet that goal, they are not sufficient. In addition to mastery in core content areas, success in the workplace and institutions of higher education requires students to demonstrate competency in 21st Century skills and social emotional learning outcomes.
The state has not yet clearly defined what it means to be “college and career ready” (CCR), but the College/Career Indicator (CCI) of the CA Schools Dashboard includes a number of proxies that, to a limited degree, may represent a student’s readiness. The lack of definition and valid indicators leaves school districts and their local communities to take it upon themselves to define college and career readiness within their local context. Many communities have done so by developing a Graduate Profile.