The Arizona Career and College Pathway is designed to expand the educational options available to Arizona students to gain a high school diploma. The present high school system is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills for one major objective, entry into a baccalaureate degree program. The current high school graduation requirements reflect that objective, and diminish the capacity for students to participate in other education pathways. However, less than 30% of all careers require a baccalaureate degree or higher. This means that upon completion of high school, most Arizona high school graduates do not have the specific skills required for the majority of careers. Careers that offer them some of the best opportunities to escape poverty and gain economic independence. In addition, additional career pathways such as this engage students and improve graduation rates, bring relevance to academic content, improve the quality of the workforce and reduce the cost of social programs.
This website identifies the competencies for the Academic Core, Technical and Employability Skills included in the pathway, sources of the competencies, and related assessment methods. This site also identifies the legislative and State Board authority that provides for the adoption of competency based pathways. For the purposes of this website, the terms competency, standard, and skill(s) are interchangeable, due to various useage in the literature.
The Mathematics and Language Arts competencies have been determined by ACT research to provide pathway participants with skills for entering college without remediation, or to fully participate in the vast majority of occupations found in America. Other academic content is derived by the LEA/District from the existing state standards approved by the Arizona State Board of Education. The technical and workplace skills have been validated by representatives of Arizona Business and Industry, and related certification of technical skill is provided by the Arizona Department of Education.