Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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College and Career Readiness (CCR)

A good Student Success Plan addresses preparation for college, career and community engagement. Interest inventory and skills assessment tools provide schools multiple measures of student academic achievement and growth to assist with development of the student success plan. Access to survey tools in grades 8-12 can provide students insight into their personal strengths, aptitudes, and interests. This information can enable them to better transition from high school to an occupational and academic future that will meet their personal needs and work values.
 
To support this process, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is providing access to a College and Career Readiness Tool (CCR Tool) for Arkansas students in grades 8-12. Through the state procurement process, the following list of providers have been selected as viable vendors who meet the minimum qualifications to adequately assess student aptitude using a variety of research based solutions. School Districts who select a vendor from this list will have the cost of contract for 8-12 grade students paid by ADE. This will allow the schools to maintain local decision making ability while allowing ADE and ARCareerEd to ensure quality assessment tools for career planning.
Resources:

Districts can now indicate their choice of vendor via survey found in Commissioner’s Memo LS-19-097.

College and Career Planning Tools Comparison Chart for Districts (PDF)

District College and Career Readiness Vendor Choices for 2019-2020 (as of 8/12/2019)

Click on the following vendor name for more information:

Choices360

Headed2

intoCareers (University of Oregon)

Kuder

MaiaLearning

Naviance

Xello

These vendors were found to provide a standard set of desired services and features.  Aptitude tracking, skill assessment, and interest inventories will be used to guide students toward possible career options while allowing for exploration on a wide variety of career fields. Personal accomplishments such as awards, community service, or work experience can be added to a student’s profile.  Students will have access to local, state, and national employment data and occupational profiles for various careers.  Parents/guardians will be able to review and approve student plans within the system as well as monitor and assist with target goals.  School districts will have the ability to upload local and student information such as master schedules, course history, graduation requirements, and assessment data. Planning tools allow for tracking progress toward goals, assistance with scholarships and financial aid, and college applications. Students will have access to their accounts for a minimum of one year post graduation. A complete list of the CCR Tool Specifications is available via the link on the right.
 
School districts may elect to provide additional services or services to additional grade levels through their own contracts with these or other vendors, however those costs will not be covered by ADE as part of the CCR Tool funding. 

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Ernie Huff, Student Assessment
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 301-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-4228

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