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What does it mean to be college- and career-ready?

Today’s conversations about education reform often include a discussion of “college- and career-readiness.” In general, students who are college- and career-ready enter college without the need for remedial coursework and/or join the workforce with the foundational knowledge and supporting skills employers are looking for, including critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills. The following figure illustrates the four categories of college- and career-ready skills.

What does it mean to be college and career ready?

Each of these skills plays an important role in ensuring that students, our future workforce, are college- and career-ready. Regardless of the paths students take, it is important to provide a strong foundation in all of these areas to allow students the chance to enter college or a career pathway that will offer opportunities for advancement and a family-sustaining wage.

The Common Core State Standards work to do just that, by providing clear guidelines of the knowledge and skills students should gain at each level of their education, so that they graduate prepared for success.