Volume 26, Number 3
College and Career Readiness
A Matter of One Goal or Two?
Do high schoolers need the same skills to be "college and career ready"? Some say yes; others aren't so sure. (Photo: David Binder, Jobs for the Future)
The Common Core State Standards released this month are meant to make all students “college or career ready” by the end of high school. But as they try to determine the best way to prepare students to meet this goal, policy makers and researchers are struggling with the question of overlap: Just how similar are the skills needed to succeed in college and the skills needed to succeed in a career that does not require a college degree? And can the two sets of skills be taught together?This is an excerpt from the Harvard Education Letter. Subscribers can click here to continue reading this article.