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Table 5.12. Work readiness definitions, states offering high school diplomas with career specialization, and K-12 systems offering pathways to certification, licenses or credits for postsecondary education systems, by state: 201213
 
State K-12 education system has work readiness definition   State offers standard high school diploma with career specialization K-12 system offers pathway leading to industry-recognized certification or license K-12 system offers pathway to earn credits to transfer to postsecondary education system
United States1 38   44 42 48
 
Alabama Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Alaska Yes   Yes No Yes
Arizona Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Arkansas Yes   Yes Yes Yes
California Yes   Yes Yes Yes
           
Colorado Yes   No No Yes
Connecticut Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Delaware In process 2 Yes Yes Yes
District of Columbia Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Florida Yes   Yes Yes Yes
           
Georgia Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Hawaii In process 2 Yes Yes Yes
Idaho No   Yes Yes Yes
Illinois Yes   No No Yes
Indiana Yes   Yes Yes Yes
           
Iowa Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Kansas In process 2 Yes Yes Yes
Kentucky Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Louisiana Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Maine No   Yes Yes Yes
           
Maryland Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Massachusetts Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Michigan Yes   Yes No Yes
Minnesota Yes   No No Yes
Mississippi In process 2 No Yes Yes
           
Missouri Yes   No Yes Yes
Montana Yes   No No No
Nebraska Yes   No No No
Nevada In process 2 Yes Yes Yes
New Hampshire Yes   Yes Yes Yes
           
New Jersey Yes   Yes Yes Yes
New Mexico Yes   Yes Yes Yes
New York Yes   Yes Yes Yes
North Carolina Yes   Yes Yes Yes
North Dakota Yes   Yes Yes No
           
Ohio In process 2 Yes Yes Yes
Oklahoma Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Oregon Yes   Yes No Yes
Pennsylvania Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Rhode Island In process 2 Yes Yes Yes
           
South Carolina No   Yes Yes Yes
South Dakota No   Yes Yes Yes
Tennessee Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Texas Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Utah Yes   Yes Yes Yes
           
Vermont No   Yes Yes Yes
Virginia Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Washington Yes   Yes Yes Yes
West Virginia Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Wisconsin Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Wyoming In process 2 Yes No Yes
1 National total reflects the number of "Yes" responses for the column.
2 The state's K-12 education system is in the process of defining work readiness.
SOURCE: Quality Counts 2013: Code of Conduct, Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, Education Week, 2013. Data Source.
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