College and Career Readiness Delivery Plan

Published: 5/2/2013 3:33 PM

The College and Career Readiness (CCR) Delivery targets provide schools and districts with the annual progress needed to meet their 2015 College and Career Readiness Delivery goals.


The College and Career Readiness Delivery Plan has two goals:

  1. Increase the percentage of students who are college- and career-ready from 34 to 67 percent by 2015.
  2. Increase the Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate from 76 to 90 percent by 2015.


The CCR Progress Toward 2015 Goal map displays:

  • districts who met 2012 target (no color)
  • districts who did not meet target but increased at least 10% (green)
  • districts who did not meet their target but increased target less than 10% (yellow)
  • districts whose CCR rate decreased from 2010 to 2012 (red)


The Kentucky Department of Education has identified the following strategies to help districts and schools reach their annual delivery targets.  More information on each strategy may be found in the
Strategies for this Delivery Plan
expand Strategy : Acceleration – Advanced Placement ‎(1)

The strategy is two-fold. The first action is to focus on presenting opportunities by way of targeting underrepresented students, which in turn increases the number of students who participate in the AP experience and are exposed to rigorous, college-level courses. The second action is to scale up AdvanceKentucky as one model to support access and opportunity for students taking AP courses.

Theory of Action:

If Kentucky schools continue to scale up access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses including recruiting more traditionally underrepresented students,

and if schools provide the necessary supports for students and teachers to be successful in these courses,

and if all eligible students take the AP exams and score a 3 or higher on the AP exam,

then more students will be exposed to and successful in college-level courses, increasing the number of students considered college ready.

expand Strategy : Acceleration – Early College Designs ‎(1)
expand Strategy : Career Readiness Pathways ‎(1)

Career Pathways include both academic and technical courses that align with the common core and industry standards to provide opportunities for students to earn industry recognized certification and obtain college credit from an accredited postsecondary institution.

Theory of Action:

If schools, partners and stakeholders have access to and use data,

and if students are engaged and participate in rigorous and college preparatory coursework connected/aligned to a career theme,

and if schools, partners and stakeholders support the themed programs,

then students will be prepared for both college and careers, providing opportunities for students to earn industry recognized certification, obtain college credit from an accredited postsecondary institution and obtain a certificate/recognition upon completion of four courses in their specific career themed academy at graduation.

expand Strategy : Collection and Use of Data: Persistence to Graduation ‎(1)
expand Strategy : College and Career Advising ‎(1)

In order for all secondary students to receive the support and guidance they need to make sound decisions regarding life after high school, KDE will create a system of college and career advising based on national and state standards, and provide the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) as a resource to guide their decisions.

Theory of Action:

If schools/districts have access to research-based guidance, support, resources and tools to implement and effectively deliver comprehensive, on-going advising framed around the Individual Learning Plan (ILP),

and if all middle and high schools implement a system of advising with fidelity (monitor data and outcomes and subsequently adjust the advising system to best meet the needs of students),

then students in grades 6-12 will set achievable goals aligned with their individual career assessment recommendations, successfully complete appropriate and rigorous coursework, and have the opportunity to utilize skills and knowledge to make sound decisions that prepare them for life after high school.

expand Strategy : Course and Assessment Alignment ‎(1)
expand Strategy : Priority Schools ‎(1)

The Office of Next Generation Schools and Districts provides educational recovery services that focus on the schools and districts identified for school improvement.

Theory of Action:

If we identify the lowest performing schools in KY,

and if we diagnose the needs and deficiencies of the schools,

and if we provide expertise and resources to address those diagnosed needs,

and if we monitor and support the implementation of the strategies to address those needs while building capacity for continuous improvement,

and if we hold those schools accountable for meeting benchmarks and goals,

then we can increase overall college and career readiness rates in those Priority schools.

expand Strategy : Targeted Interventions ‎(1)
expand Strategy : Unbridled Learning Accountability Model ‎(1)

Kentucky’s proposed assessment and accountability model is a balanced approach that incorporates all aspects of school and district work and is organized around the Kentucky Board of Education’s (KBE’s) four strategic priorities: next-generation learners, next-generation professionals, next-generation instructional program and support and next-generation schools/districts.

Theory of Action:

If Kentucky’s schools and districts are held accountable for increasing proficiency, graduation rates and college/career readiness rates, as they have not been in the past,

and if this accountability uses a balanced approach organized around the KBE four strategic priorities and incorporating all aspects of school and district work,

then schools and districts will focus on student data from the state-required assessments administered grades K-12 to drive local strategies for engaging students in learning experiences that will lead to increases in proficiency, graduation rates and meeting CCR benchmarks.