Cradle-to-Career Data System

College Eligibility

Cradle-to-Career Data System

Gaps Between Systems

Disconnects between California’s K-12, higher education, and workforce systems can create challenges for our students and our state. These challenges may lead students and families to make major college and career decisions without fully understanding their resources and options. College eligibility and course placement information can be lost in the transition between systems, affecting students’ college and career trajectories. When information is disconnected and incomplete, it could reduce the ability of policymakers to address persistent issues.

CCGI works with individual K-12 districts and higher education systems to address these disconnects for students, families, and educators. Addressing these challenges for all students, however, requires a statewide policy solution.

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Cradle-to-Career Data System

The proposed California Cradle-to-Career Data System is a statewide, longitudinal data system that would connect existing educational, workforce, financial aid, and social service data systems to identify systemic gaps, provide information about disparities in opportunities, and support efforts to improve outcomes for all students. The system would provide:

  • Analytical data: used for research and learning.
  • Operational tools: actionable data that immediately benefits students and families.
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Actionable Data

The use of actionable data separates California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System from those in many other states. With a focus on equity, its operational tools would help students and families plan their college and career journeys and navigate the transition from K-12 to higher education. Educators would be able to access data to inform key decisions about student admissions, placement, financial aid, supportive services, and student guidance. These tools focus on:

  • College and career planning.
  • College eligibility monitoring tools.
  • Electronic transcripts.
  • Option to share data along with college applications that can qualify students for special programs and supportive services.
  • Data cleaning for K-12 districts.
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Scaling CCGI

CCGI has provided innovative, data-driven college, career, and financial aid planning tools and application tools to California students since 2013. Today, we partner with more than 100 K-12 districts that serve one in five California 6th-12th grade students.

The Cradle-to-Career Data System seeks to realize its vision of actionable data by scaling CCGI to serve every 6th-12th grade student in the state and by leveraging eTranscript California to facilitate the transfer of electronic community college transcript information to four-year colleges. By doing so, it would help to create a systemic solution that addresses gaps between K-12 and higher education and ensures that every student in California has access to the tools they need to succeed in college and career.