Orange County students will lead the nation in college and career readiness and success.
As a public education organization supporting 27 school districts serving more than 500,000 students in more than 600 schools, OCDE offers support and services to districts, schools, teachers, families, and students to achieve this shared vision. We recognize that OCDE plays a supportive role in the fulfillment of the vision, but that its fulfillment is ultimately
dependent on the engagement of all. We also recognize that college and career readiness and success requires the contributions of educators at all levels of student development from early childhood through higher education and that it
requires not only academic mastery, but also emotional and social development in safe and supportive schools and communities. College and career readiness and success is defined by individual student interests, capacities, and choices, but all students need support to acquire competencies that will allow them to succeed in learning experiences beyond their PreK-12 education.
To lead the nation in college and career readiness and success is a high ambition, but within the reach of Orange County students. Orange County’s current high school completion rate is 86%. The highest completion rate for any state is 89%, achieved by Iowa students. The California completion rate is 78%. Insofar as high school completion is a key component of college and career readiness, Orange County is poised for national leadership.
Still, much work is required if Orange County is to lead the nation. For example, Orange County ranks seventh among California counties on students taking Advanced Placement exams. This is an important gauge of student participation in courses of rigor that prepare them for college readiness and success. Orange County’s participation rate is a 37%, compared to 49% for Sierra County, which leads the state, and 35% for California as a whole.