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Iowa’s College and Career Readiness Definition

Iowa’s education system works hard to prepare all students for success beyond high school. But what does college and career readiness actually mean?

A definition adopted by the State Board of Education in 2016 represents what’s important for students to achieve postsecondary success:

Iowa students who are college and career ready have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills, and strategies to be successful in postsecondary opportunities as demonstrated through multiple sources of evidence, including those generated by students. Iowa students who are college and career ready have successfully:

  • Achieved proficiency in essential content knowledge
  • Acquired practical transition skills
  • Developed key learning skills and cognitive strategies
  • Built a strong foundation of self understanding and engagement strategies

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