College and Career Readiness

Students starting out in college or a career need to be well prepared. The transition from high school or college or into the workforce can be a challenge for some students, especially those who are not aware of the expectations and requirements for entering college level coursework.


Students are considered college and career ready when they have the knowledge, skills, academic preparation and behaviors needed to enroll and succeed in introductory college credit-bearing courses within an associate or baccalaureate degree program without the need for remediation. These same attributes are also needed for entry into and success in postsecondary workforce education or directly into a job that offers gainful employment and career advancement.

It is important to have an awareness of the various kinds of “ready” standards that will help us prepare students for successful futures.  Some “ready” definitions:

  • Work ready =  Meets basic expectations regarding workplace behavior and demeanor.
  • Job ready = Possesses specific training necessary to begin an entry‐level position.
  • Career ready = Possesses key content knowledge and key learning skills and techniques sufficient to begin studies in a career pathway.
  • College ready = Is prepared in the four keys to college and career readiness necessary to succeed in entry-level general education courses.

The four keys to college and career readiness as defined by Dr. David T. Conley are:

  •       Cognitive strategies
  •       Content knowledge
  •       Transition knowledge and skills
  •       Learning skills and techniques

Arizona College and Career Ready Standards are being implemented to ensure that all students have the academic knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, career, and life. The standards prepare Arizona students to be college and career ready.

College and Career Ready Anchor Standards

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