College and Career Readiness

What is College and Career Readiness?

The vision of the Kentucky Board of Education is to ensure that all students reach proficiency and graduate from high school ready for college and careers. The board's vision is informed by a changing economy that requires P-12 schools to prepare students for a more complex and competitive workplace,

Therefore, in February 2011, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) secured the Commonwealth Commitment from all districts to move 50 percent of their district's high school graduates who are not college and/or career ready to college and/or career ready between 2010 and 2015.

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How do I become Career Ready?

In order to be considered career ready, students must complete 4 credits in a career path and meet benchmarks for either the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) or the ACT WorkKeys and must pass the benchmark on the KOSSA (Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessment) or receive industry certificates in their specific career path.

ASVAB - Students must receive a 50 Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT)


Workkeys - Students must earn a silver, gold, or platinum rating in the areas of Applied Math, Locating Information and Reading for Information.


KOSSA - Students must earn a 70 on academic, employability, occupational multiple choice and a 75 on constructed response/performance-based scenario. The one exception is the manufacturing assessment, where the student has an overall score of 70% rather than a two part score.


Industry Certificates - These certificates are based on industry standards and are outlined in the specific program.

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