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College and Career Readiness

States nationwide are facing increasing pressure to not only increase the number of students who graduate from high school, but to better prepare them to meet college and the workplace expectations. The NWCC provides technical assistance to build Northwest states’ capacity to develop rigorous instructional pathways that support the successful transition of all students from secondary education to college and careers.

The following resources related to this priority area have been compiled by NWCC staff.

Resources

Dual Credit Analytic Report: A Guide for District and School Leaders


The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is working to ensure equitable access and course completion in dual-credit programs for all students. As part of this effort, NWCC helped OSPI develop this companion tool to assist school districts in understanding and...

Designing a Career Pathways System: A Framework for State Education Agencies


The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS) recently released a four-chapter module intended to help state education agency staff design, implement, and evaluate a career pathways system. Each chapter includes a facilitator’s guide, slide presentation, and activity handouts. A career...

State Approaches to Competency-Based Education to Support College and Career Readiness for All Students


The College & Career Readiness & Success Center released a brief providing an overview of competency-based education (CBE)—one model to support college and career readiness for all. The brief highlights the core elements of CBE and discusses how states can support the development of CBE...

State Approaches to Funding Dual Enrollment


The Education Commission of the States released a policy analysis exploring approaches states are taking to minimize—or completely eliminate—tuition and other costs for dually enrolled students. For each state highlighted, this report describes the state’s mechanism for funding dual enrollment, the...

Comparing Postsecondary Enrollment and Persistence among Rural and Nonrural Students in Oregon


REL Northwest released a study examining whether rural students at all achievement levels were less likely than their nonrural counterparts to enroll in college and persist to the second year. The researchers analyzed college enrollment patterns and persistence among rural and nonrural Oregon high...

Lifelong Learning Skills for College and Career Readiness: Considerations for Education Policy


The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center) released an annotated bibliography, which summarizes a broadly applicable and representative sample of Lifelong Learning Skills (LLS) research. Lifelong Learning Skills (LLS) provide the foundation for learning and working. They...

A Framework for Coherence: College and Career Readiness Standards, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and Educator Effectiveness


The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders released a brief which outlines a framework for coherence across reform initiatives, suggesting that states have three areas where coherence can be strengthened—creating a shared focus, better instructional supports to students, and enhanced professional...

Dual Enrollment Course Content and Instructor Quality


The Education Commission of the States released a report exploring some of the reasons for the increase in delivery of dual enrollment courses at high schools and the importance of ensuring course and instructor quality. The report then examines four distinct state approaches to ensuring dual...

Multiple Measures for College Readiness


The Education Commission of the States released a report reviewing the multiple measures to assess a student's college readiness, provides a deeper look at competency-based assessments, and offers policy considerations for state and system leaders.

Common Core State Standards in 2014: Curriculum and Professional Development at the District Level


The Center on Education Policy (CEP) released a report, based on a survey of a nationally representative sample of school districts in Common Core-adopting states, examining school districts’ efforts to develop and implement CCSS-aligned curricula and to provide professional development to teachers...

Blueprint for College Readiness: A 50-State Policy Analysis


The Education Commission of the States launched the Blueprint for College Readiness initiative to provide guidance and support to the growing number of states working to improve student success and transition from high school into postsecondary. Designed by state leaders for state leaders, the...

Developing and Refining Lessons: Planning Learning and Formative Assessment for Math College and Career Ready Standards


The Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation (CSAI) released a publication providing guidance for teachers in the design of daily lessons that support student learning of the math college- and career- ready standards (CCRS). This resource emphasizes the formative assessment process in...

Lifelong Learning Skills for College and Career Readiness: An Annotated Bibliography


The College & Career Readiness & Success Center released an annotated bibliography providing guidance and cataloging resources designed to explain what lifelong learning skills are, how they impact and relate to college and career readiness and success outcomes, and how they can be taught...

Credit Quandaries: How Career and Technical Education Teachers Can Teach Courses That Include Academic Credit


The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders released a brief addressing how states use course assignment and teacher collaboration policies to enable CTE teachers to teach courses that include academic credit.

A Framework for Raising Expectations and Instructional Rigor for English Language Learners


The Council of the Great City Schools released a guide addressing challenges faced by educators who are implementing new college- and career-ready standards with their bilingual, immigrant, and refugee students who are acquiring English.

Teacher Professional Development Rationales and Resources on How to Meet the Language Demands of New College- and Career-Ready Standards


The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) released a brief providing teacher professional development trainers with active links to web-based resources that they can use when showing teachers how to improve students’ abilities to meet the language demands of instruction and...

Definitions of College and Career Readiness: An Analysis by State


The College & Career Readiness & Success Center released a brief providing an analysis of state college and career readiness definitions and organizes them into 10 actionable categories that can be used by districts and schools to develop their college- and career-ready programs.

Dual Enrollment: A Strategy to Improve College-Going and College Completion Among Rural Students


The Education Commission of the States released a brief highlighting the challenges that rural areas face in providing high-quality dual enrollment programs. Research shows that students who participate in dual enrollment are more likely than their peers to finish high school, enter college, and...

The College and Career Readiness and Success Organizer


The College & Career Readiness & Success Center released an updated version of the College and Career Readiness and Success Organizer. The Organizer is a graphic that displays a consolidated overview of the many elements that impact a learner’s ability to succeed in college and careers at...

Benchmarking Common Core Implementation


The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is conducting a multi-year study of how 15 states are implementing the Common Core State Standards. As part of the study, SREB published State Implementation of Common Core State Standards—a summary plus five reports with detailed state profiles by topic