Defining and Assessing College and Career Readiness

What does it mean to prepare high school students for college and career success? This webinar reviews how to specify student learning outcomes and how teams of teachers create a system of standards aligned with performance assessments to help prepare students for multiple pathways to careers. Strategies for connecting high schools and colleges, for example by promoting dual enrollment and stackable credentials, are also addressed.

Module 2 | Unit 1
Learn why the development of a career pathways mission and vision is essential in creating and aligning student learning outcomes.
Module 2 | Unit 2
How do you align student learning outcomes to the curriculum? This unit reviews the process for developing integrated projects aligned to student learning outcomes.
Module 2 | Unit 3
Now that you've developed your student learning outcomes, how do you assess them? In this unit, see example performance tasks from an integrated project that help provide teachers with evidence about whether their students are meeting the desired pathway.
Module 2 | Unit 4
See an example of a culminating assessment of student learning outcomes, from Richmond High School's Law Academy Senior Defense.
Related Resources
Module Powerpoint Slides Thumbnail
Download the Powerpoint slides for the Defining and Assessing College and Career Readiness module.
College and Career Readiness Framework Executive Summary Thumbnail
Two page Executive Summary from the College and Career Readiness Framework.
Making the Case for Mission and Vision Thumbnail
Tips and guidelines for creating effective mission and vision statements for career pathways.
West Contra Costa Unified School District Graduate Profile Thumbnail
Sample graduate profile from West Contra Costa Unified School District in California. This sample also outlines the graduate profiles alignment with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills framework.
Behaviors of Learning and Teaching Overview Thumbnail
One-page overview of student learning behaviors that we should expect to see in a high-functioning college and career pathway. These behaviors drive the practices of classroom teachers that translate into new attitudes for students.
Florida Aquaculture Project Thumbnail
Sample integrated project on aquaculture/fish farming, developed by East Bay High School's Environmental Science Academy in Florida. This integrated unit connects Government, Aquaculture, English, Algebra II, and Biology to create a real-world, inquiry-based project.
DMD Crime Time website Thumbnail
The flash website created by 10th grade students at the School of Digital Media and Design at Kearny High School in San Diego. Students created this website for Time Warner cable to teach 7th graders about Forensic Science.
Envision Scientific Inquiry Rubric Thumbnail
Scientific Inquiry rubric developed by Envision Schools to support the use of common rubrics.
Crime Time Craft Analysis Essay Planning Sheet Thumbnail
Planning sheet for the student essays students drafted in their English class as part of the Crime Time Project.
Crime Time Crime Story Criteria Thumbnail
Rubric for scoring the English performance task—the crime story students drafted in English as part of the DMD Crime Time project and website.
Crime Time Math Scaling - Footprint vs. Height Thumbnail
Sample math performance task used in the Crime Time Project at the School of Digital Media and Design in San Diego, CA.
Crime Time DNA Gel-Electrophoresis Lab Thumbnail
Sample biology performance task used in the Crime Time Project at the School of Digital Media and Design in San Diego, CA.
DMD Pathway Outcomes Thumbnail
Sample pathway outcomes for the School of Digital Media and Design Pathway in San Diego, CA.
Richmond High School Law Academy <em>Passing the Bar</em> Overview Thumbnail
Overview of the senior culminating assessment at Richmond High School, called Passing the Bar.
Richmond High School Law Academy Student Learning Outcomes Thumbnail
Sample student learning outcomes for the culminating assessment/senior defense at Richmond High School Law Academy in Richmond, CA.