An Iowa definition for college and career readiness
Iowa’s education system works hard to prepare all students for success beyond high school. But what does college and career readiness actually mean?
A new definition adopted Thursday by the State Board of Education represents what’s important for students to achieve postsecondary success:
Iowa students who are college and career ready have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills, and strategies to be successful in postsecondary opportunities as demonstrated through multiple sources of evidence, including those generated by students. Iowa students who are college and career ready have successfully:
- Achieved proficiency in essential content knowledge
- Acquired practical transition skills
- Developed key learning skills and cognitive strategies
- Built a strong foundation of self-understanding and engagement strategies
“Even though the definition is not fully in place, districts already are doing things that align with it,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise, who visited dozens of classrooms statewide during the 2015-16 school year. “It’s really exciting that the board is moving this forward, and we look forward to working with districts to implement it.”
Work on the new definition began in 2014 with some members of the Competency-Based Education Collaborative membership.
A broad stakeholder group convened in 2015 and generated descriptions of what’s important for students to accomplish by high school graduation.
A subgroup of that stakeholder group took those ideas and drafted a definition, which was revised based on feedback from the larger group as well as stakeholders statewide.
More than 200 people – mostly Iowa educators – provided feedback. Read the item from the State Board of Education’s agenda.