College and Career Readiness
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The Office of College and Career Readiness contributes to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (ESE) statewide effort to help prepare students for "Success After High School."
Massachusetts Definition of College and Career Readiness
In winter/spring 2013, The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approved the state's new college and career readiness definition . Voting on the definition marks the first time that the two boards overseeing the state's K-12 schools and public colleges and universities have partnered in formal agreement on what it means for students to be prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workplace. The definition sends a clear, unified message to educators, students, parents, and employers about our expectations and the level of preparation and performance that signals a student's readiness for college and careers. The definition provides a solid foundation for continued collaboration between the K-12 and higher education systems.
Being college and career ready means that an individual has the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for success in postsecondary education and economically viable career pathways in a 21st century economy.
Integration of College and Career Readiness
The Task Force for the Integration of College and Career Readiness released a comprehensive Report with a series of recommendations designed to promote structured, aligned, and strategic partnerships that support students' fluid movement through elementary, secondary, and higher education into successful careers.
State 2014-2015 Targets
To better prepare all students for successful futures, our efforts for 2014-2015 will be anchored in the following ESE goals:
All of these metrics are connected to ESE's goal of preparing all students for "Success After High School."
ESE has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) and the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) on a public communication campaign called the Future Ready. Future Ready Massachusetts enables communities to promote a deeper understanding of what it means for all students to successfully navigate their futures by providing influential adults with various tools and resources that will advance the college and career readiness of the Commonwealth's students.
The Future Ready campaign aims to:
- increase the number of students pursuing and succeeding in higher education and economically viable careers; and
- build community and family support for completion of a rigorous course of study and relevant experiences which prepare students for success after high school.
YourPlanForTheFuture is the state's no-cost, one-stop online shop for students, parents, and educators designed to help Massachusetts students manage their educational and career pathways. YourPlanForTheFuture has been adopted by more than 140 high schools, representing more than 140,000 students from all corners of the Commonwealth. Leveraging technologies and online user experiences intuitive for students of today, YourPlanForTheFuture centralizes all the key planning elements of a student's educational path, including interactive planning tools, personal portfolio development, and key milestone reminders such as college application and financial aid deadlines.
Early College Design Landscape
Early college designs incorporate credit-bearing college coursework and academic supports into the high school experience to support increased numbers of students to graduate from high school and go on to complete a postsecondary credential with currency in the labor market. Partnerships are between secondary and postsecondary institutions so students can earn up to two years of college credit or even an associate degree while still in high school. A foundational piece of early college designs is the concept of "dual enrollment". The Department along with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and Jobs for the Future has created a document that describes the basic landscape of current early college designs across the Commonwealth.
Seven Key Priority Projects are illustrated in the Department's Delivery Plan
Additional College and Career Readiness Supports and Initiatives include STEM Early College and Early College Designs, YourPlanforCollege, MCAS, Educational Proficiency Plan and the Competency Determination, On-Line Courses and Modules, Alternative Education Pathways, Pre-AP, CVTE, Dropout Reduction/Prevention