Understanding College & Career Ready Standards

College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) are rigorous academic standards that build from kindergarten through 12th grade to support students’ preparation and success upon graduation from high school. CCRS set high goals for student achievement; graduating high school students who meet CCRS are prepared to pursue a college education without taking any remedial courses.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources provides families of children with disabilities with information about college and career readiness in easy-to-understand language.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) provides an overview of legislative and best-practice initiatives around college and career readiness. It includes a description of the development of Common Core State Standards.  The document also highlights instructional activities in which high school students may demonstrate proficiency of the CCSS through transition-focused curricula and provides a summary of college and career ready initiatives adopted by each state:   

College & Career Readiness & Success Center provides “The College and Career Readiness and Success Organizer” is a graphic that displays a consolidated overview of the many elements that impact a student’s ability to succeed in college and careers at both the institutional and individual levels:

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning provides a host of resources for SEAs, LEAs, families and educators to promote knowledge development to ensure  equitable opportunities for children with disabilities to:

  1. participate in high-quality early learning  programs,
  2. be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum,
  3. prepare to meet college and career-ready standards,
  4. participate in assessments, and
  5. transition to postsecondary education and the workforce.