States are having difficulties coming up with a formulation that properly assesses their students' college and career readiness, something a new report says is a major necessity. It's particularly stressful now that the deadline for states to submit their ESSA accountability plans is nearing. That being said, a recent report aims to help states that are struggling to find a proper college and career readiness measurement system.
"Without a clear focus on career readiness in state accountability systems, educators, parents, policy makers and other key stakeholders lack the information and incentives necessary to make career preparation a priority for all students," according to the CCSSO's report. With that in mind, the CCSSO recommends that states should consider adopting four ESSA-aligned career and college readiness measures:
One state that is having trouble with finding an appropriate college and career readiness indicator (CCI) is California. The state's current CCI formulation places too much emphasis on college preparedness over career readiness.
California's current measures are focused around "Advanced Placement test scores, Smarter Balanced math and English scores for 11th-graders, whether students are concurrently enrolled in community colleges, whether they have completed a career technical education pathway, whether they have completed courses required for University of California and California State University admission, and other measures," according to EdSource. The state decided to exclude the indicator from its school and district report cards as a result of this unbalanced weighting.
Then there is of course the issue of added spending to develop proper data collection systems, according to Education Week. Some schools simply don't have the proper resources to develop a proper CCI. Despite some states' struggles, there are a few states like Kentucky who are excelling.
"The report extols Kentucky as a model, praising officials there for reporting post–high school outcomes in accountability scores and for the state’s emphasis on military enrollment as a viable career pathway," according to The 74.
Luckily, CCSSO's report includes steps that states can take to ensure that they're properly measuring students' career and college readiness. On page 36 of the report, you will find five particular actions/guidelines for states to follow. They include:
Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor.