Embracing career and college readiness

Embracing career and college readiness

Dear Colleagues,

Here is an interesting news feature from the Hechinger Report on how one state – Kentucky – is truly providing options for high school students.

“College- and career-ready” is now one of those say-it-10-times-fast terms in education that lots of people throw around, but few pick apart. When the Obama administration made some federal funding contingent on the adoption of college- and career-ready standards, most states decided college readiness and career readiness were one and the same.

In Kentucky, however, education officials have decided they are in fact quite different, and that being ready to start a career — as a machinist, for example — doesn’t necessarily require students to follow a path that takes them through college. Schools offering this direct-to-career path aren’t allowed to lower their standards: They must aim for the same sort of rigorous benchmarks created for the college-bound, even if the expectations are more focused on technical skills and the ability to find and parse informational texts and apply math in occupational situations.

Let me know what you think about Kentucky’s approach – email me at nrccte@nrccte.org.