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College and Career Readiness Overview


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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 2013 the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Board of Higher Education came together to discuss, and later adopt, the Joint Definition of College and Career Readiness, as part of a larger body of collaborative work. In March 2014, the Study Group on Civic Learning and Engagement for the Board of Higher Education recommended the inclusion of civic learning as an expected outcome for their students. The BHE later adopted a statewide policy directing public colleges and universities to incorporate civic learning as an expected outcome for undergraduate students.

At the BESE's June 24, 2015 meeting, the Working Group on Civic Learning and Engagement presented a set of recommendations, which the Board endorsed. In the fall of 2015, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education presented an action plan on civic learning, which included the development of a revised definition of college and career readiness. Since then, representatives from each department have worked together to draft a revised definition of college and career readiness that includes readiness for civic life.

At the January 26, 2016 joint BESE/BHE meeting, the two boards discussed the revised definition and some possible amendments to it. The BHE subsequently voted to approve the revised definition, as amended based on that discussion. The definition that the BHE adopted in January was also voted on and adopted by the BESE at their February 23, 2016 meeting.

Massachusetts Definition of College and Career Readiness and Civic Preparation

All young people must be prepared for Successful Careers with knowledge, skills and expereince for College and Career Readiness. Workplace readiness, Academic and Personal/Social Development domains

State Targets

To better prepare all students for successful futures, our efforts are 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.

The Massachusetts Success after High School Delivery Plan

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently prioritized a number of goals as critical efforts for the Department to undertake as part of Race to the Top (RTTT) and other state reform and strategy efforts. As a result, the Department created a new office - the Office of College and Career Readiness - and developed a strategy to increase College and Career Readiness among Massachusetts students. This strategy continues to promote the current high school graduation requirements (i.e., earning a Competency Determination and meeting local requirements), while providing additional opportunities for students to participate in: quality, upper level high school coursework; approaches to assist them with the completion of high school; and supports to assist with the transition to higher education and the workforce.

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Delivery Plan Overview, Definition, Goal, and Targets


Last Updated: September 6, 2016
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