What does "College and Career Ready" mean?

What does it mean to be “college and career ready”?

It means you’re ready for the world: College- and career-ready high school graduates have the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to succeed in life, whether attending college or starting a job.

This readiness is based on a larger, community-focused approach that offers students the academic preparation, skills training, life planning, and social support and resources, beginning as children and continuing through adulthood.

Why have 21st century skills become such a focus for educators, parents, employers and policy makers? The world has changed, and the educational experience hasn’t kept pace with the demands in a competitive, knowledge-based, technology-driven society.