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These resources were collected by graduation guidelines work groups, 2013-2015.



Advanced Placement (AP)


The cut score listed on the Graduation Guidelines Menu of Options refers to the AFQT score.  A score of “31” indicates readiness in English and math.

Capstone Projects

This information was collected by Asia Society – Partnership for Global Learning, for the Graduation Guidelines Capstone Work Group January 2015.


Performance Outcomes

Asia Society has developed a series of tools to clarify global competency goals, and help students and teachers document the contribution toward achieving those goals. For each subject area and for global leadership, they provide a rationale and series of tools to show what students need to know and be able to do.

The “I Can Statements” are aimed at students, describing in first-person voice what the student will be able to do in the benchmarked 5th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade years.

A rubric lists specific evidence students demonstrate as they progress towards global competency. This is a tool for students and teachers alike. Download these tools for free.

Concurrent Enrollment

Industry Certificates

Collected by the Graduation Guidelines Industry Certificates Work Group, January 2015.

State Level Examples

Several Schools, Districts And Organizations Have Developed Tools And resources to support the effective implementation of industry certifications.

District And School Initiatives

Research And Related Resources

Blansett, S. P., & Gershwin, M. C. (2005). Developing a statewide work readiness credential in Colorado: A preliminary assessment. Report to the Colorado Workforce Development Council.

Castellano, M., Stone, J. R., & Stringfield, S. (2005). Earning industry-recognized credentials in high school: Exploring research and policy issues. Journal of Career and Technical Education, 21(2), 7-34.

Lohman, E. M., & Dingerson, M. R. (2005). The effectiveness of occupational-technical certificate programs: Assessing student career goals. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 29(5), 339-355.

Muller, R. D., & Beatty, A. (2008). Work readiness certification and industry credentials: What do state high school policy makers need to know? Measures that Matter.

Packard, B. W., Leach, M., Ruiz, Y., Nelson, C., & DiCocco, H. (2012). School-to-work transition of career and technical education graduates. The Career Development Quarterly, 60(2), 134-144.

Zinser, R., & Lawrenz, F. (2004). New roles to meet industry needs: A look at the Advanced Technological Education program. Journal of Vocational Education Research, 29(2), 85-99.

International Baccalaureate (IB)


English Learners

Guidebook on Designing, Delivering, and Evaluating Services for English Learners

Alternative Opportunities To Gain Knowledge

Additional Resources 

Credit Recovery And Competency-based Programs

  • Clearing the Path (PDF)
    Creating innovation Space for Serving Over-Age, Under-Credited Students in Competency-Based Pathway

Gifted Students

Office of Gifted and Talented Education, CDE

Resources, Tools, And Practices

Intended to help teachers, counselors and specialists recognize and support gifted behaviors and characteristics:


Students With Disabilities

Office of Special Education, CDE

Fact Sheets, Presentations, and Toolkits

Fact Sheets