South Washington County Schools

Career and College Readiness

Career and College Readiness Definition

District 833 believes “career and college ready” means a student has the knowledge, skills, and competencies to successfully pursue a degree, diploma, certificate, or industry-recognized credential and employment. Students who are career and college ready are able to successfully complete post-secondary credit-bearing coursework without need for remediation or developmental coursework.

How did we land on this definition?

Teachers, parents, administrators and other educators in the South Washington County School District, as a part of the District Data and Assessment Committee, discussed and analyzed many versions of the definitions of career and college readiness.  As the committee worked through this, we agreed on the language above because it aligns with our district's vision of readiness.

It is important to note that we all own "Career and College Readiness." Students, parents, family members, community members and all educators from birth to graduation. This does not fall to one person, one department or one teacher. Career and College Readiness is an important part of District 833's Instructional Excellence.

How Does District 833 Measure Career and College Readiness?

Personal Learning Plans

Personal Learning Plans (PLP's) help students create a plan that includes academic scheduling, career exploration, career and employment-related skills, community partnerships, college access, all forms of postsecondary training, and experiential learning opportunities. The PLP's help students to do the following:*

  1. Plan and prepare for a complete career and college-ready curriculum by meeting state and local academic standards and developing career and employment-related skills such as team work, collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking and good work habits;
  2. Emphasize academic rigor and high expectations;
  3. Identify interests, aptitudes, aspirations, and personal learning styles that may affect their career and college-ready goals and postsecondary education and employment choices;
  4. Set appropriate career and college-ready goals with timelines that identify effective means for achieving those goals;
  5. Access education and career options;
  6. Integrate strong academic content into career-focus courses and applied and experiential learning opportunies and integrate relevant career-focused courses and applied and experiential learning opportunities into strong academic content;
  7. Identify and access appropriate counseling and other supports and assistance that enable students to complete required coursewrok, prepare for postsecondary education and careers, and obtain information about postsecondary education costs and eligibility for financial aid and scholarship;
  8. Identify collaborative partnerships among prekindergarten through grade 12 schools, postsecondary institutions, economic development agencies, and local regional employers that support students' transition to postsecondary education and employment and provide students with applied and experiential learning opportunities; and
  9. Review and revise at least annually by the students, the student's parent or guardian, and the school or district to ensure that the student's course-taking schedule keeps the student making adequate progress to meet state and local academic standards and high school graduation requirements and with a reasonable chance to succeed with employment or postsecondary education without the need to first complete remedial course work.

*Language is used from MN Statute 120B.125: Planning for Students's Successful Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment: PERSONAL LEARNING PLANS

District 833 uses NAVIANCE to digitally document the student's PLP by providing a comprehensive student portfolio. All students have their own NAVIANCE account. The PLP will engage students in taking responsibility for their learning and build students' confidence that their work will prepare them for leading successful adult lives. For all students in the graduating class of 2017, the PLP will include the milestones in the document linked below. It is important to know, that this document is a living document that will change as assessments or other pathways change. Please note the last updated date on the document.

How Does Each Secondary School Work With PLP's?

Each secondary school has a different approach to setting up and monitoring PLP's. There is no standard way in District 833 to do so. Some sites have advisory systems, others use core academic areas and teachers to support with task introduction and follow-up. Tasks and milestones are also monitored by Counselors at each site. Please reach out to your Counselors if you have questions regarding PLP's or other information regarding career and college readiness.