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College/Career Indicator

This indicator, reported on the California School Dashboard, applies to districts and schools with students in grades 9–12.

What is this Indicator?

The College/Career Indicator (CCI) is one of several state indicators that the California Department of Education (CDE) reports on the California School Dashboard External link opens in new window or tab. (Dashboard). It represents the percentage of high school graduates who are prepared for college or a career. This indicator was designed to encourage high schools to provide all students with a rigorous broad course of study that prepares them for postsecondary success. The following measures have been approved by the State Board of Education for inclusion into the indicator:

  • Advanced Placement Exams
  • a–g Completion
  • Career Technical Education Pathway Completion
  • College Credit Course (formerly called Dual Enrollment)
  • International Baccalaureate Exams
  • Leadership/Military Science
  • Pre-Apprenticeships
  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics (Grade 11)
  • State and Federal Job Programs
  • State Seal of Biliteracy
  • Transition Classroom and Work-Based Learning Experiences

This indicator is reported on the Dashboard for any local educational agency (LEA) and high school that enrolls students in grade twelve.

Additional Reports

Designed for educators, the School Dashboard Additional Reports offer information and data beyond what are reported on the Dashboard, including summarized views across all state indicators. One report specific to this indicator is the:

  • College/Career Measures Report


General Information about the Indicator
Technical Information about the Indicator

Additional Information about the Dashboard

Next Steps

In March 2022, the CDE informed the State Board of Education (SBE) that the development of the civic engagement measure and an industry certification measure was ongoing with specific work groups. The CDE will be using this year to further develop out these measures, including a review of the data collection options. For more information, please refer to the March 2022 SBE Agenda Item 4 (DOCX).


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Last Reviewed: Friday, April 28, 2023