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College and Career Readiness

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The College and Career Ready indicator helps to determine if students who are graduating from a high school are prepared for college or careers after graduating.

What is measured in this indicator but not included in the Rating OR potential Influencer metrics?

  • The participation and passage rates for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, and dual enrollment courses;
  • College enrollment info;
  • LIFE and Palmetto Fellow Scholarship info;
  • School, school district, and state average ACT and SAT scores.

Something To Think About:
This is looking at either the college or career readiness of graduates. This measure does not account for those who don’t graduate.

Key Messages:

  • A high school diploma is important, but isn’t sufficient for today’s students. It’s about being prepared for what’s next on a student’s journey. College? Military Service? A Career?
  • There are many ways for our students to achieve success after graduation. A college degree is not the only path.

source of page text: SC Education Oversight Committee


Culinary class with a teacher and two students

To be career-ready, a student must meet one of the following:

  • Is a CTE completer and earns a national or state industry credential as determined by the business community; or
  • Earns a Silver, Gold or Platinum National Career Readiness Certificate on the state-approved career readiness assessment; or
  • Earns a scale score of 31 or higher on the ASVAB; or
  • Successfully completes a state-approved work-based learning program


Two graduates from Summerville High School

To be college-ready, a student must meet one of the following:

  • Scores a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT;
  • Scores a composite score of 1020 or higher on the SAT;
  • Scores a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam;
  • Scores a 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate (IB) assessment Only higher learning (HL) exams may count; or
  • Completes at least six (6) credit hours in dual enrollment courses with a grade of C or higher.