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How States are Making Career Readiness Count: A 2016 Update

In May 2014, Achieve and Advance CTE released "Making Career Readiness Count," the first analysis of the use of career-focused indicators in states’ reporting and accountability systems to increase understanding and catalyze action through guidance and recommendations for states to take steps to ensure that the “career” in their College and Career Readiness (CCR) accountability and public reporting system is not an afterthought but rather a powerful lever for success.

This new report provides an update from the 2014 publication, including context from two significant events that are pushing states to take a closer look at their accountability systems: the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (now known as ESSA) and the launch of the New Skills for Youth initiative, a competitive grant program funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co that requires participating states to transform their systems to support high-quality career-focused education for all students. This new report includes state-by-state information on how and which career-ready indicators states are including in their reporting and accountability systems, and highlights promising practices in several states at the forefront of this work. It also raises some important areas for consideration as states begin or refine their focus on career readiness.

A supplemental document that includes a full description of career readiness indicators can be accessed here

May 2016
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