Alabama

College and Career Ready Definitions

“Being college and career ready means that a high school graduate has the English and mathematics knowledge and skills necessary to either (1) qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without the need for remedial coursework, or (2) qualify for and succeed in the postsecondary job training and/or education necessary for their chosen career (i.e. technical/vocational program, community college, apprenticeship or significant on-the-job training).”

Source:

Alabama Department of Education. (2012). College and Career Readiness Strategic Plan Retrieved from https://docs.alsde.edu/documents/908/Attachment%2012%20College%20and%20Career%20Ready%20Delivery%20Plan.pdf

Academic Performance and Engagement Metrics

State-Specific College and Career Readiness Report

None currently available

Additional State Reports Highlighting College and Career Readiness Information

State School Report Card1

Alabama Education Report Card2

Early Warning Systems4

  • Students scoring proficient on state tests1,2
  • ACT Plan scores1,2
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)2
  • Course performance4

Sources:

  1. Alabama State Department of Education. (2014). Assessment Reporting System. Retrieved from http://www03.alsde.edu/Accountability/Accountability.asp
  1. Alabama State Department of Education. (2014). Alabama education report card. Retrieved from http://www.alsde.edu/sec/comm/Pages/educationreportcard-all.aspx
  1. Alabama State Department of Education. (2014). Graduation and tracking system handbook. Retrieved from https://www.alsde.edu/sec/pss/Pages/graduationtracking-all.aspx
Pathway Participation and Completion Metrics

State-Specific College and Career Readiness Report

None currently available

Additional State Reports Highlighting College and Career Readiness Information

Alabama Education Report Card3

  • Career and technical education (CTE) participation3
  • CTE concentrators3
  • Students reaching targeted level of skill attainment
  • Students completing
  • Students of students graduating
  • Students employed in related field

Source:

3. Alabama State Department of Education. (2014). Alabama education report card. Retrieved from http://www.alsde.edu/sec/comm/Pages/educationreportcard-all.aspx

Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Metrics

State-Specific College and Career Readiness Report

None currently available

Additional State Reports Highlighting College and Career Readiness Information

Alabama Education Report Card3

Early Warning Systems4

  • Attendance3, 4
  • Suspensions3
  • Expulsions3
  • Alternative school3
  • Assault3
  • Bomb threats3
  • Drug related3
  • Weapon related3
  • Out-of-class suspensions4

Sources:

3. Alabama State Department of Education. (2014). Alabama education report card. Retrieved from http://www.alsde.edu/sec/comm/Pages/educationreportcard-all.aspx

4. Alabama State Department of Education. (2014). Graduation and tracking system handbook. Retrieved from  https://www.alsde.edu/sec/pss/Pages/graduationtracking-all.aspx

    Post-Secondary Metrics

    State-Specfic College and Career Readiness Report

    None currently available

    Additional State Reports Highlighting College and Career Readiness Information

    State School Report Card and Accountability Reporting System1

    • Four-year graduation rate1

    Source:

    1. Alabama State Department of Education. (2014). Assessment Reporting System. Retrieved from http://www03.alsde.edu/Accountability/Accountability.asp

    Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

    Dual Enrollment and Articulation

    Alabama state policy allows students to earn dual credit for academic and/or CTE courses taken at their high school, postsecondary institution, or online. Public postsecondary institutions, however, are not required to accept these credits (Education Commission of the States, 2015).

    Early College High School

    Alabama is not participating in the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.).

    Citations:

    Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from http://www.jff.org/initiatives/early-college-designs/schools

    Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from http://ecs.force.com/mbdata/mbprofallRT?Rep=DE14A

    Career Pathways

    Alabama organizes its CTE programs using the Career Clusters framework. Alabama also implements programs of study across all 16 Career Clusters.

    Citation:

    National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). Alabama [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from http://www.careertech.org/Alabama

    Career Exploration and Career Plans
    Alabama does not have a statewide system for career exploration or career plans at the K–12 level.
    Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

    High School and College Alignment

    Subject

    High School Graduation Requirements

    College Admission Requirements

    English Credits:

    4.0

    4.0

    Mathematics Credits:

    4.0 (including Algebra I and geometry)

    3.0 (Algebra I; Algebra II; and geometry, trigonometry, or calculus)

    Social Studies Credits:

    4.0

    4.0 (including world history or a comparable course)

    Science Credits:

    4.0 (including biology and physical science)

    3.0 (including two courses with laboratory experience)

    Foreign Language Credits:

    None specified

    1.0 (see Additional Credits)

    Arts Credits:

    0.5

    N/S

    Additional Credits:

    7.5 (physical education [1.0], health [0.5], computer applications [0.5], and electives [5.5])

    (recommended to be in fine arts or computer literacy, and/or additional courses in mathematics, natural sciences, and foreign language)

    Total Credits:

    24.0

    16.0

    Tests:

    Alabama High School Graduation Examination

    Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®

    Source:

    Alabama Department of Education

    The University of Alabama

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    Early Warning Systems

    Alabama’s state-specific Early Warning System is called the Graduation Tracking System (GTS). The level at which Early Warning System data are reported is not publicly available. District administrators are allowed to access Early Warning System data; however, it is unclear if others can access the data. 

    Citation:

    Alabama State Department of Education. (2014). Introduction/implementation process for the K-12 Graduation Tracking System. Retrieved from  https://www.alsde.edu/sec/pss/Pages/graduationtracking-all.aspx