State panel grapples with defining ‘college and career ready’

Preparing students for colleges and careers shouldn’t be an “either-or” proposition and schools should be held accountable for how well they prepare students for both paths, an advocate for career education urged in testimony before a state committee this week.

“The state is building up the scaffolding” for a dramatically different focus on college and career readiness than ever before, Christopher Cabaldon, executive director of the Sacramento-based Linked Learning Alliance, told a state committee trying to define what it means for students to be “college and career ready.”