“I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma.”
President Obama, Address to Joint Session of Congress, February 24, 2009
Being college ready means being prepared for any post-secondary experience. It means being academically prepared for college to qualify for entry level, credit college coursework without remediation. College preparedness starts in elementary school. Therefore in elementary school students should become proficient in understanding and comprehending fiction and non-fiction, analyzing text, finding evidence in the text, questioning, speaking and collaborating with peers. College preparedness continues in high school where students take 4 years of English, 2-3 years of Mathematics, science, social studies, and a foreign language.
Being career ready is a family sustaining wage and pathway to advancement which always requires post-secondary training or education. Being ready for a career means that a high school graduate has the English and Math knowledge and skill sets needed to qualify for and succeed in post-secondary job training and/or education for their chosen career.
College and Career readiness reflects the value of education today. It reflects the economic reality. All high school graduates need to be prepared for life; whether they enter into college or post-secondary educational training.