College and Career Readiness

Pillar 1 Academic Excellence


Champion multiple pathways for college and career readiness for all students


Students must be able to visualize their post-secondary success and receive all of the tools and supports to take full advantage of the opportunities ahead


Provide equitable access to a rigorous college preparatory course schedule and offer supports to successfully complete A-G courses with a C or better

Accelerate opportunities for career exploration, work-based learning, postsecondary pathways, and employment, including collaboration with local government and private industries to provide paid internship and apprenticeship opportunities for students

Expand opportunities to participate in Career and Technical Education and Linked Learning pathways

Implement an updated Individualized Graduation Plan, beginning in middle school, to monitor student progress and increase academic outcomes and opportunities for students after graduation

Engage students and families at all levels, beginning in early grades, in college and career experiences and promotion of postsecondary options

Expand evidence-based, equity-focused instructional and grading practices to support all learners in becoming college ready and achieving post-secondary academic success

Ensure all students develop college knowledge and get support for planning, applying, and transitioning to college, including advisement on financial aid options

Expand access to advanced learning options, such as advanced placement and college courses


By 2026, we will:

Increase to 70% the percentage of students in a graduating 9th- to 12th grade cohort demonstrating college and career readiness with a ā€œCā€ or better on A-G approved courses (from 41.8% in 2020-21)

Increase the four-year cohort graduation rate to 93% (from 81.6% in 2020-21)

Increase the percentage of students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses to 30% (from 25.3% in 2020-21)

Increase the percentage of students who complete career technical education sequences to 27% (from 15.3% in 2020-21)

Ensure 100% of middle school and high school students have completed an Individualized Graduation Plan

Increase the percentage of graduating seniors completing a FAFSA/CADAA application to 100% (from 71.8% in 2021-22)

Increase the percentage of graduating seniors completing a college application to a UC or CSU to 70% (from 27.7% for UCs and 36.8% for CSUs in 2020-21)