College And Career Readiness

Strong Performance on Career-Tech Metrics

Career technical education (CTE) integrates academic and technical skills, supporting educational goals, workforce development, and economic development. It offers students research-based, relevant curricula developed expressly for success in college and careers. For those just entering the workforce, changing careers, or needing on-the-job skill upgrades, CTE provides applicable skillsets and increased career opportunities. For those entering college, CTE provides a foundation of real-world skills that will enhance academic learning. In addition to CTE coursework, preparation for success in college includes taking coursework that is academically rigorous and required for college admission. Successful completion of college can lead to increased earning power, better health, a stronger workforce, and societal benefits, such as increased voter participation and increased tax receipts.1 This indicator shows enrollment in high school CTE and AP/IB courses, participation in work-based learning offered through the three Regional Occupational Programs serving the county, and CTE Pathways completions. This indicator also shows the number of high school graduates who have fulfilled minimum course requirements to be eligible for admission to University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses, as well as the college-going rates among graduates.2

How is San Bernardino County Doing?

Enrollment in Career-Technical Education (CTE) and IB or AP Courses in San Bernardino County Public High Schools

San Bernardino County, 2014/15-2018/19
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CTE and AP/IB Course Enrollment

Enrollment in high school CTE and AP/IB courses has grown over the past five years:

  • CTE course enrollment rose 10% in the five-year period between 2014/15 and 2018/19.
  • Meanwhile, AP/IB course enrollment grew 8%.
  • These growth rates are significant in the face of an overall high school enrollment decline of 2% since 2014/15.
  • The most popular CTE industry sector is Arts, Media, and Entertainment with 10,517 enrollments, followed by Health Science and Medical Technology (7,975) and Business and Finance (4,965).
  • The CTE industry sectors posting the fastest five-year rate of growth in enrollments were Energy and Utilities (+877%), Public Services (+104%), and Arts, Media and Entertainment (+33%).
  • The most popular AP/IB courses are in History/Social Science with 18,868 enrollments, followed by English Language Arts (12,363) and Science (8,785).
  • The fastest rates of increase for AP/IB class enrollments were in Computer Education (+320%), Science (+22%), and Drama/Theatre (+18%).

Enrollment (2018/19) and Change in Enrollment (2014/15-2018/19) in AP or IB Courses in San Bernardino County Public High Schools by Subject

San Bernardino County, 2018/19 (Enrollment) and 2014/15-2018/19 (Change)
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Enrollment (2018/19) and Change in Enrollment (2014/15-2018/19) in Career-Technical Education (CTE) Courses in San Bernardino County Public High Schools by Industry Sector

San Bernardino County, 2018/19 (Enrollment) and 2014/15-2018/19 (Change)
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Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning opportunities for ROP students remain strong:

  • Between 2014/15 and 2018/19, the number of signed agreements with business partners to provide work-based learning opportunities increased 180%, from 137 to 384.
  • A total of 1,865 students participated in ROP “community classroom” work-based learning in 2018/19.
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Growth in ROP work-based business partnerships (2014/15 – 2018/19)

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ROP students participating in community classroom learning (2017/18)

CTE Pathways Completions

CTE pathway completion among 2018 high school graduates varies by student group:

CTE Pathways Completion Rate

San Bernardino County, 2018
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  • Overall, nearly a quarter (23%) of San Bernardino County high school graduates in 2018 completed a CTE pathway, indicating they completed of a series of courses in an industry sector with a grade of a C minus or better in the last class of the series.
  • Among the four largest race and ethnic student groups in San Bernardino County, Latino graduates had the highest CTE pathway completion rate at 25%.
  • Fully 27% of 2018 graduates identified as homeless or housing insecure (see Homelessness and Housing Insecurity indicator) completed a CTE pathway

UC/CSU Eligible High School Graduates

San Bernardino County and California, 2016/17 and 2017/18
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UC/CSU Eligibility

The UC/CSU eligibility rate improved between 2016/17 and 2017/18:

  • 43% of the San Bernardino County cohort graduating in 2017/18 completed the necessary coursework to be eligible for a UC or CSU campus.
  • This rate of UC/CSU eligibility is two points higher than the previous year.
  • San Bernardino County’s rate of eligibility is lower than the statewide average of 50%.
  • Asian/Pacific Islander graduates had the highest rate of UC/CSU eligibility at 70%.

UC/CSU Eligible High School Graduates by Race/Ethnicit

San Bernardino County, 2017/18
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Measuring and Improving College Readiness

California’s math and English language arts/literacy assessments taken by 11th grade students are designed to give high school students an early indication of college readiness and to avoid incoming college students’ need for remediation.

2019 Snapshot

  • 96% of San Bernardino County juniors took the literacy assessment and 95% took the math assessment.
  • In literacy, 21% of San Bernardino County students were deemed college ready and 30% were conditionally ready (i.e. the student can take identified coursework in their senior year of high school that, following completion, will deem them college ready). Statewide, 22% of students were college ready in English and 29% were conditionally ready.
  • In math, 9% of San Bernardino County students were deemed college ready and 17% were conditionally ready. Statewide, 20% of students were college ready in math and 20% were conditionally ready.

California’s math and English language arts/literacy assessments taken by 11th grade students are designed to give high school students an early indication of college readiness and to avoid incoming college students’ need for remediation.

College-Going Rate Among High School Graduates

San Bernardino County, 2015-2018
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College-Going Rates

College-going rates are high:

  • Over half (58%) of San Bernardino County public high school graduates in 2017/18 enrolled in college within 12 months of completing high school, below the statewide rate of 64%.
  • Of the 58% enrolling in college, 57% enrolled in a California community college, followed by 19% enrolling at a CSU campus and 10% enrolling at a UC campus.
  • San Bernardino County’s overall college-going rates have not changed substantially since tracking began in 2014/15.

AVID: Empowering Every Student’s Potential

The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college readiness system has a mission to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Since the California budget eliminated AVID funding in 2012/13, San Bernardino County, along with Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties (the RIMS region), has funded the program locally to keep it thriving and growing in the region. In an effort to plant the seed for college aspirations early, the AVID college readiness system is increasing dramatically at the elementary levels across the region.

2018/19 AVID Snapshot

In 2018/19, a countywide total of 50,588 students (23,474 in secondary schools and 27,114 in elementary schools) took AVID classes during the academic year. Of the 2,710 AVID seniors in the county graduating in 2019, 100% graduated from high school and 95.4% successfully completed their A-G course requirements (courses that count toward eligibility for CSU/UC schools). In addition, 86.2% of AVID seniors were accepted to a four-year college or university and 92.9% planned on attending a 2- or 4-year college for 2019/20.

Source: San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

1College Board, Education Pays, 2013 http://trends.collegeboard.org/education-pays 2UC/CSU eligibility data are sourced from the four-year adjusted cohort outcome reports and should not be compared to data presented in previous Community Indicators Reports