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College/Career Readiness Calculation

Methodology for measuring performance on College/Career Readiness.

This measure is based on the number of high school graduates who are prepared for college or a career. College or career readiness means completing rigorous coursework, passing challenging exams, or receiving a state seal. The following measures are approved as indicating college or career readiness:

  • Career Technical Education Pathway Completion
  • Grade 11 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in ELA and mathematics
  • Advanced Placement Exams
  • International Baccalaureate Exams
  • College Credit Course (formerly called Dual Enrollment)
  • a–g Completion
  • State Seal of Biliteracy
  • Military Science/Leadership

More information regarding the CCI is provided in the California School Dashboard Technical Guide, which is posted on the CDE California School Dashboard and System of Support web page at California School Dashboard and System of Support.

Calculations

In the 2019 Dashboard, performance on this measure is determined by (1) the percent of high school graduates who are "Prepared" (2) whether results (i.e., preparedness) improved or declined between the prior year and the current one. Note that the students included in the CCI are based on the students in the graduation rate.

Current Year College/Career Formula

Number of Graduates in the Current Year Class Who Performed "Prepared"

divided by

Total Number of Students in the Current Graduation Rate

Difference from 2018 College/Career

Current Year Data minus Prior Year Data

Determining a Performance Level

Based on the current year and prior year data, a performance level (or color) will be given for this measure. The performance level is determined by using a five-by-five colored grid.

Example: Big League High School has the following college/career data:

  • The Current Year Graduating Class had 50 students
  • Of the 50 students, 30 students were placed in the "Prepared" level
  • The Prior Year’s graduating class had 60 students
  • Of the 60 students from the Prior Year Class, 30 students were placed in the "Prepared" level

Based on this data, 60 percent of the Current Year Class was "Prepared," while only 50 percent of the Prior Year Class was "Prepared." This represents an increase of 10 percentage points between the prior year and the current year.

Using the five-by-five grid for College/Career, we see that a "Prepared" rate of 60 percent is considered "High" (see left column). At the same time, an increase of 10 percentage points from the prior year is significant (see top row). On the grid, "High" and "Increased Significantly" intersect at the Blue performance level.

Performance Level Declined Significantly

From Prior Year (by 9.1% or more)
Declined

From Prior Year (by 2.0% to 9.0%)
Maintained

from Prior Year (declined or
increased by 1.9% or less)
Increased

from Prior Year (by 2.0% to 8.9%)
Increased Significantly

from Prior Year (by 9.0% or more)
Very High

70.0% or greater in Current Year
Yellow
Green
Blue
Blue
Blue
High

55.0% to 69.9% in Current Year
Orange
Yellow
Green
Green

Blue

Big League High School

Medium

35.0% to less than 54.9% in Current Year
Orange
Orange
Yellow
Green
Green
Low

Greater than 10.0% to 34.9% in Current Year
Red
Orange
Orange
Yellow
Yellow
Very Low

9.9% or lower in Current Year
Red
Red
Red
Orange
Yellow
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Last Reviewed: Monday, November 4, 2019
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