College & Career Ready

College and Career Readiness in Kentucky

Kentucky believes that, as the nature of work and the types of careers change, all students will need higher-level skills to meet their career goals. The expected outcome of addressing the readiness issues in this manner is that more students will reach higher levels of proficiency and more students will be college and career ready.

What is Kentucky’s definition of college readiness?

College readiness is the level of preparation a first-time student needs in order to succeed in a credit-bearing course at a postsecondary institution. “Succeed” is defined as completing entry-level courses at a level of understanding and proficiency that prepares the student for subsequent courses. Kentucky’s systemwide standards of readiness guarantee students access to credit-bearing coursework without the need for developmental education or supplemental courses. Developmental education courses do not award credit for a degree.

What is Kentucky’s definition of career readiness?

Career readiness is the level of preparation a high school graduate needs in order to proceed to the next step in a chosen career, whether that is postsecondary coursework, industry certification, or entry into the workforce. According to the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE), career readiness includes core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations in order to function in the workplace and in routine daily activities; employability skills that are essential in any career area such as critical thinking and responsibility; and technical, job-specific skills related to a specific career pathway.

Below are some helpful resources for parents and students about college and career readiness.

What it means to be college & career ready

College & career ready videos for parents

College & career ready research

Grayson County college & career ready data