What does it mean to be college, career, and life ready?

Students who have been adequately prepared with the right skills and knowledge are more likely to achieve success after high school.

College and career readiness programs have long focused on academic knowledge and behaviors, but traditionally left out social emotional learning, interpersonal skills, and transition skills – components that are critical to helping students navigate their paths through life.

Students need individualized support and contextual tools in order to understand their strengths and be prepared to reach their goals.

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College

Though more than 80 percent of high school graduates aspire to attend college, only 66 percent enroll. To bridge this gap, students need support in achieving their goals.

Career

Only 26 percent of high school seniors have the foundational skills needed to enter the work force. They need technical and functional skills and they need to be able to communicate effectively, work within a team, and handle change.

Life

Students need to develop their self-awareness, as well as their communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills as they become more independent and begin to take charge of their learning journey.

The Naviance College, Career, and Life Readiness (CCLR) Framework®

The CCLR Framework® outlines essential competencies necessary for student success.

Naviance developed the Framework based on analysis of individualized learning plan requirements from more than 30 states, readiness plans from more than 50 districts and schools, and 15 plans approved to meet Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements.

The Framework is aligned to national readiness models set by the School Superintendents Association’s Redefining Ready! Initiative, American School Counselors Association College and Career Readiness Standards, and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

How to use the CCLR Framework in your school or district.

The Framework is designed to be used as a blueprint to structure readiness programming and as a benchmarking tool to evaluate effectiveness.

The Framework includes recommended grade-specific activities for classrooms and individuals and provides objectives and metrics to help you and your students determine when each competency has been achieved.

College, Career, and Life Readiness Competencies

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Instill Social Emotional Learning

When students develop grit and perseverance, they are better able to overcome obstacles they are faced with in school and life. Building social emotional learning skills helps students understand their strengths and begin to build goals toward a future that best fits their interests and skills.

Instill social emotional learning skills that help students:

  • Discover their strengths and interests
  • Develop emotional intelligence, grit, and self-awareness
  • Learn how to make informed decisions

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Expand Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal skills enable students to be successful in school and work as they learn to advocate for themselves. Students who can identify and rely on a support system have stronger postsecondary outcomes.

Expand students’ interpersonal skills so they can:

  • Collaborate in teams productively
  • Build meaningful connections
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Manage their online presence more responsibly

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Develop Academic Skills

Academic behaviors and study habits are a direct predictor of higher grades, more so than a student’s test scores or background. When students take more challenging courses, they’re more likely to be ready for college, career, and life.

Develop academic skills so students can:

  • Expand learning styles and strengthen study skills
  • Prepare better for tests and assessments
  • Improve academic goal setting and course planning

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Cultivate Career Knowledge

By understanding the characteristics of various careers and the training required, students can build their pathway to a meaningful career that is based on their strengths and interests.

Cultivate students’ career knowledge to help:

  • Explore and understand career opportunities
  • Align interests and strengths
  • Set career goals and plans

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Grow College Knowledge

College knowledge incorporates all of the skills students need to identify their best-fit postsecondary education. It also encompasses the steps needed to achieve students’ college goals.

Grow college knowledge so students can:

  • Explore options after high school
  • Determine the college options that align to goals and needs
  • Easily navigate the college application process
  • Find ways to pay for college

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Promote Transition Skills

Transitions are a part of life, from elementary school to work life. Building skills to handle major transitions points can help students adapt to new situations successfully. This includes skills to cope with changes and to persist when faced with obstacles.

Promote transition skills so students can:

  • Adapt to school transitions
  • Prepare for college and adulthood
  • Manage changes in their lives

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Often times we told our students to study for the SATs or to take a class because this class is good, but we didn’t give them a context or a reason why. We’ve taken an inventory of who our students are. That inventory involves them being explorers of their own personal journeys.

Jamal Walcott Assistant Principal, Longwood High School

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