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Career-Focused Accountability Systems
All New Skills for Youth states modified their state or federal accountability systems or report cards to incentivize career readiness, and most improved data collection on career readiness.
Added or Refined Indicators of College and Career Readiness
As of 2018, all states had added or refined indicators of career readiness within their accountability systems. Most of these changes were previously planned due to the lead time required, but state teams noted that New Skills for Youth led their states to prioritize and accelerate the updates and related data system modifications.
Improved State Data Systems
Six states changed their data systems to collect more and better-quality data on career readiness, including more accurate data on work-based learning and industry-recognized credentials. Although states also pursued cross-agency data to assess student employment outcomes, employment data were not available in all states, and, when present, were not available for all students.
Shared Data with Schools and Districts
Although most activities related to accountability and data occurred at the state level, three states developed new formats and contexts for sharing career readiness data with schools and districts. States expect districts to use data to inform program planning and identify equity gaps.
College and Career Readiness Indicators and Student Attainment Rates
In or prior to 2018-2019, seven states began public reporting of data on students’ college and career readiness and found that 40 to 65 percent met state criteria in 2018-19. Although differences in state measures preclude cross-state comparisons, states will be able to track changes over time in career readiness as more data become available.
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|DE||College and/or Career Readiness||Grade 12 Students||58.6%|
|LA||Strength of Diploma Index||Grade 12 Students||N/A|
|MA||Advanced Coursework Completion||Grade 11 and 12 Students||65.1%|
|NV||College and Career Readiness||Variable within Index||N/A|
|OH||Prepared for Success||Adjusted Class||40.1%|
|OK||Postsecondary Opportunities||Grade 11 and 12 Students||45.9%|
|RI||Postsecondary Success Indicator||Graduates||47.0%|
|TN||Ready Graduate||On-time Graduates||40.3%|
|WI||College and Career Readiness||Variable by School Level||N/A|
Data shown for academic year 2018-19 for all states except Louisiana, Nevada, and Wisconsin, for which data are not yet available. Denominators for the attainment rates vary across indicators and states.