Alabama’s Plan for College and Career Readiness

In 2012, the Alabama State Board of Education adopted and immediately began implementing a new strategic vision for all of Alabama’s public high schools to ensure – by the year 2020 – that every Alabama child can attend a school that prepares them for college, work, and adulthood. 

The state’s plan — Plan 2020: Every Child a Graduate – Every Graduate Prepared for College, Work, and Adulthood in the 21st Century — focuses a child’s learning from kindergarten through high school graduation on the skills needed for success after they leave one of the state’s schools in order to increase the number of high school graduates who enter a two-year, four-year, technical or trade school, or go straight into a career, without the need for remedial education or training. 

Currently, one third of Alabama graduates who enter two-year or four-year colleges are required to enroll in remedial classes to learn material that they were supposed to learn in high school. In the workforce, new employees often have to go through expensive training to learn skills that they could have been studying in high-quality career and technical education classes. 

Plan 2020 focuses on four priority areas of Alabama’s schools: 

  • Learners:
    • All students perform at or above proficiency and show continuous improvement.
    • All students succeed
    • Every student graduates from high school
    • Every student graduates from high school prepared. 
  • Support Systems:
    • All students will attend school daily and be engaged in rigorous and relevant learning environments.
    • All students will develop a sense of personal and civic responsibility to ensure a learning environment that is safe and civil.
    • All students will be provided with individual and group counseling services.
    • All students will enter 9th grade prepared and with a 4-year plan that addresses their individual academic and career interest needs.
    • All students will be provided with healthy meals, physical education, and health instruction supported with needed medical and related services. 
  • Schools and Systems:
    • All schools and systems will receive adequate funding to meet the individual and collective needs of their students.
    • All schools and systems will be resourced and supported based on identified need as determined from the state’s accountability plan and additional indicators at the local level.
    • Schools and Systems will be granted flexibility to innovate and create 21st century learning environments to meet the individual and collective needs of their students.
    • Schools and Systems are resourced to create a 21st century learning environment for their students including infrastructure, building renovation/improvements, and technology. 
  • Professionals:
    • Every child is taught by a well-prepared, resourced, supported, and effective teacher.
    • Every school is led by a well-prepared, resourced, supported, and effective leader.
    • Every school system is led by a prepared and supported visionary instructional leader. 

For more detailed information about Plan 2020, visit the Alabama State Department of Education’s webpage