Reporting clear, actionable data is one of the most powerful strategies in a state’s toolbox for meeting college and career readiness (CCR) student performance goals.

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A state’s report card on districts and schools, in particular, has the visibility and accessibility to reach many people with interest in and influence on student outcomes. Given the high value that students, parents, and the public place on readiness for and success in postsecondary education and careers, many states are incorporating CCR indicators into their report cards on districts and schools. These indicators can include, for example, the percentage of students earning a CCR diploma, the percentage of students scoring at the college-ready level on high school assessments aligned to CCR standards, and the percentage of students earning college credits in high school. Effectively communicating these indicators can lead to stronger focus on improving readiness for all students.

Achieve has developed a series of materials to support states in improving their reporting at all levels, including revised sample school report cards for high school, middle school, and elementary school, as well as a sample CBP high school report card:

A webinar, “Illuminating College and Career Readiness: State Report Cards on Districts and Schools”, took place July 12, 2012.