The School District of Janesville is committed to providing a solid foundation for all students to be successful in their chosen path after graduation. To ensure our graduates are college and career ready, all students will create an Academic & Career Plan (ACP).
Youth Apprenticeship Program for 2022-2023
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The Four keys to college and career readiness
Based on extensive research, Dr. David T. Conley and his colleagues at the Educational Policy Improvement Center developed an operational definition of college and career readiness that goes beyond course titles, grades, and test scores1. This model, termed the Four Keys of College and Career Readiness, includes: Key Cognitive Strategies, Key Content Knowledge, Key Learning Skills and Techniques, and Key Transition Knowledge and Skills.
What is college-and-career readiness?
Career readiness includes such important topics as
“College readiness” refers to the level of preparedness for academic work beyond high school.
Academic preparation should align with career goals
current career readiness standards
What is the skills gap and how does career readiness address it?
What should a career readiness curriculum cover?
Career readiness curriculum should cover various subjects and skills for the real world, including problem-solving, career exploration, career readiness assessment, and other soft skills. In addition to these higher-order thinking skills, career readiness should include STEM, focusing largely on critical math, science, and career concepts. Today, STEM skills are used in every industry, so all students benefit from learning STEM skills as a part of their career readiness education. That’s why it’s vital to incorporate both real-world and STEM skills into career readiness – that way students are prepared to enter the workforce and can avoid getting stuck in the skills gap.
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
To best prepare students for successful college and career experiences, CTE needs to:
Be assessable to all students
Be aligned with the needs of the workforce
Be linked to real-life learning and career experiences
Why is college & career readiness important?
Why is college and career readiness important for all students?
By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs, and 92 percent of traditional STEM jobs, will require postsecondary education and training. College-and career-ready (CCR) graduates should be able to enter and succeed in entry-level postsecondary courses without the need for remediation and specifically should have:
Mastery of rigorous knowledge and skills in core academic disciplines, including English language arts (ELA)/literacy, mathematics, history, civics, science, art, and music.
The skills and dispositions necessary to be successful in charting their postsecondary path.
Successfully participated in postsecondary opportunities through advanced coursework (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual enrollment) as well as career and technical education, work-based learning, and other opportunities for exploring interests, aptitudes, and goals so that graduates can successfully navigate pathways that connect education and employment after high school.
Four of every 10 new college students take remedial courses due to their inadequate preparation for the academic demands of higher education. “Students who have been adequately prepared for college and a career have multiple advantages. Additional remedial courses, often a surprise to students who have done well in high school, prolong the typical timeline to graduate and lead students to incur additional tuition and book costs,” comments Susan Thurman, Executive Director of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).
Of students that take one to two remedial classes in college, only 29% will go on to earn their college degree.
Moreover, 38% of students fail to graduate from bachelor’s degree programs within four years.
The images below were taken from the Empirical Foundations of College and Career Readiness:
In fact, less than 60% of students who aspire to college actually apply to college, and a quarter of them do not even go so far as to create a viable plan for postsecondary education.
A strong college-going culture is one where teachers generally have a positive perception of the school’s college-going climate and a high number of prior-year students have attended college and/or completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Participation in rigorous high school course work is associated with greater college enrollment.