50-State Report on College and Career Readiness
With all fifty states and the District of Columbia (DC) having adopted college- and career-ready standards in English and mathematics, Achieve's seventh annual Closing the Expectations Gap report (released September 13) shows how all states are aligning those standards with policies to send clear signals to students about what it means to be academically prepared for college and careers after high school graduation.
- All fifty states and DC have adopted standards aligned to the expectations of college and careers.
- Forty-six states and DC have adopted the Common Core State Standards.
- Four have state-developed College and Career Ready (CCR) standards.
- By 2015-2016, all English language arts and mathematics instruction should reflect CCR expectations.
- Today, twenty-three states and DC have adopted college- and career-ready graduation requirements that require all students to meet the full set of expectations defined in the CCSS.
- Hawaii, Iowa, and Washington raised their graduation requirements to the college- and career-ready level in 2011.
- Today, eighteen states administer college- and career-ready high school assessments capable of producing a readiness score that postsecondary institutions use to make placement decisions.
- Four new states - Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, and Wyoming - joined this list in 2011 by adopting a policy to administer a college- and career-ready test to its high school students.
- It is expected that forty-four states and DC that are participating in one or both Race to the Top assessment consortia will meet this criteria when the next generation assessments are administered for the first time in 2014-2015.
- A majority of states, thirty-two, have now incorporated at least one of four accountability indicators that Achieve has identified as critical to promoting college and career readiness.
- As in last year's report, only Texas meets Achieve's criteria regarding the use of all indicators in its college- and career-ready accountability system.
- Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and Kentucky have included the use of multiple college- and career-ready indicators in their accountability systems in multiple ways.
- Since last year, states have made important gains on the college- and career-ready agenda with all adopting college- and career-ready standards, and additional states moving toward more accountability.
- Even as additional progress is made, states have further to go by turning their attention to the implementation of standards and related policies.
Voice of the Editor
Which isn’t completely true. I mean, occasionally I drop by when I manage to sneak out of the nonstop frat party over at Going Concern, but I’m mostly a wallflower over there. I’m happy to say that I’ve been given express permission (or explicit orders, if you like) to wander over here to AccountingWEB more often.
Why is that, you might ask? My job is to replace the irreplaceable Gail Perry as Editor-in-Chief. What does that mean? I don’t really know! I think it’ll be fun getting a feel for things, throwing in my own thoughts here and there, and listening to the discussions you’re having about the accounting profession.