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College & Career Readiness

College readiness refers to the knowledge, skills and behaviors a student should have after graduating from high school as they prepare to enter their freshmen year of college.

The Alabama Public Schools strategic plan outlines the goal of all students prepared for college, career and life. We continue to focus on engaging our students in experiences and courses that prepare them for the future.  College and Career readiness exposes students to challenging course work, internships, knowledge of self and guides students to create an individual plan for post-secondary success. 

The goal for Alabama education is that each student graduates from high school with the knowledge and skills to succeed in post‐high school education and the workforce without the need for remediation.

Alabama defines a student as college‐ and career‐ready if the student earns at least one OR a combination of the following six indicators: 1. Benchmark score on any section of the ACT test. (Entered into INow by ALSDE) 2. Qualifying score on an AP or IB exam. (Entered into INow by ALSDE) 3. Approved transcripted college or postsecondary credit while in high school. (Entered into INow by LEA) 4. Benchmark level on the ACT WorkKeys. (Entered into INow by ALSDE) 5. Accepted for enlistment into the Military (Entered into INow by LEA) 6. Approved industry credential. (Entered into INow by LEA)