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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.


CTE Dual Enrollment: A Strategy for College Completion and Workforce Investment

The Education Commission of the States released a brief highlighting dual enrollment programs with a career and technical education (CTE) focus. The most recent data available from the National Center on Education Statistics show that 82 percent of high schools had students in dual enrollment...

The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2013: American Indian Students

ACT released a report designed to help inform the following questions regarding American Indian students

Focusing Formative Assessment on the Needs of English Language Learners

WestEd released a paper examining how formative assessment can enhance the teaching and learning of ELL students. The authors highlight the opportunities and challenges inherent in integrating formative assessment into instruction for ELL students in the era of the Common Core and other “next...

Supporting Students in Close Reading

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) released a resource guiding teachers in the process of instructional planning for close reading with students. It is one in a series produced by CSAI. The series’ goal is to assist teachers and those who support teachers to plan teaching...

Increasing Student Access and Success in Dual Enrollment Programs: 13 Model State-Level Policy Components

The Education Commission of the States released a report on state-level dual enrollment programs. Dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment programs allow eligible high school students to take postsecondary courses for college and, usually, high school credit. Programs are nearly ubiquitous—in 2014...

Considerations for Collaborations to Support College and Career Readiness: A Facilitator’s Guide

The College & Career Readiness & Success Center released a document that includes guiding questions and key considerations designed to help states explore the complex challenges inherent in facilitating cross-systems alignment through ongoing collaboration. Each question borrows from the...

Career Readiness Assessments Across States: A Summary of Survey Findings

The Center on Education Policy released a report describing how states are defining career readiness and which assessments states and districts are using to measure this attribute. The report is based on a survey administered in the summer of 2013 to state directors of career and technical...

Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Ensuring Meaningful Diplomas for All Students

Achieve released a policy brief to provide guidance to state education policy leaders to support the goal of ensuring that students with disabilities leave school with meaningful diplomas by providing background on the diverse characteristics of students with disabilities and their high school and...

Predictors of Postsecondary Success

The College & Career Readiness & Success Center released a brief providing information to state, district, and school personnel seeking support to determine whether their students are on a path to postsecondary success. The brief summarizes early childhood through early postsecondary...

Understanding Accelerated Learning Across Secondary and Postsecondary Education

The College & Career Readiness & Success Center released a brief catalogue of accelerated learning options that are currently being implemented and highlights efforts made both within and across secondary and postsecondary education. An education system that is responsive to the needs of...

Advancing Competency-Based Pathways to College and Career Readiness: A State Policy Framework for Graduation Requirements, Assessment and Accountability

Achieve released a brief outlining a framework to assist states in building a policy structure that contributes to statewide adoption and implementation of competency-based pathways (CBP) that support ALL students in reaching college and career readiness, as defined by the Common Core State...

Implementing Early Warning Systems

This July 2013 NASSP Principal’s Research Review, written by Education Northwest’s Sarah Frazelle and Rhonda Barton, looks at the research on Early Warning Systems (EWS)—and how they can be a powerful tool for identifying students at risk of not graduating from high school in four years. The brief...

Improving College and Career Readiness by Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning

The College & Career Readiness & Success Center released an issue brief to assist state policymakers in better understanding how social and emotional learning (SEL) can help students to be college and career ready. The brief provides a short description of what SEL is, why it is needed, and...

How Career and Technical Education Can Help Students Be College and Career Ready: A Primer

The College & Career Readiness & Success Center released a brief providing an overview of the evolution of career technical education (CTE) in the U.S. The brief reviews what CTE looks like in practice and highlights issues CTE faces in the field that must be overcome for it to become an...

Promoting College and Career Readiness: A Pocket Guide for State and District Leaders

The American Institutes for Research released a guide identifying strategies to ensure that all students, regardless of special needs or language fluency, are prepared for postsecondary education and careers.

National High School Center Early Warning System Professional Development Training Series

The National High School Center’s Early Warning System (EWS) team recently held a free, five-part professional development training series to coincide with the start of the 2012–2013 school year.

College Readiness Indicator Systems: Building Effective Supports for Students

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform’s (AISR) latest issue of Voices in Urban Education highlights the topic of college readiness.

College and Career Readiness: A Quick Stats Fact Sheet

The National High School Center released a fact sheet highlighting findings and statistics on the current status of high school graduates' readiness for life after high school.

Organizing Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Work Groups for Dropout Prevention: A How-to-Guide for Schools

Jobs for the Future released a guide designed to assist school leaders and leadership teams in planning how to implement effective organizational structures and routines within the school to address the early warning indicators of dropping out.

Early Warning System Tool Source File Collators

The National High School Center released Source File Collators that are an ideal way to consolidate student data into a source file that can be easily imported into the Early Warning System (EWS) Middle Grades and High School Tools.