CCR Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Two-thirds of all new jobs require some level of postsecondary education, whether it’s training credentials, an associate degree, a four-year degree, or higher. Students must be ready to launch into a rapidly changing workforce immediately upon graduation, so Autauga County Schools is preparing them for whichever path they choose to take beyond high school in accordance with legislative policy changes. 

Beginning with the Class of 2026, “the Alabama High School Diploma - General Education Pathway shall be issued to students who earn the required credits and earn one or more of these college or career readiness indicators.”

  • Earning a benchmark score in any subject area on the ACT college entrance exam: English 18, Reading 22, Mathematics 22, Science 23
  • Earning a qualifying score of three or higher on an advanced placement exam
  • Earning at least one college credit while in high school through dual enrollment opportunities
  • Earning a silver level or higher on the ACT WorkKeys Exam
  • Earning a career technical industry credential offered through one of the Autauga County Technology Center's 14 career clusters
  • Enlisting in the military before graduation
  • Being a Career & Technical Education Completer by passing three CTE courses in one pathway with an average of 70 or above in each course 

To help students understand these graduation requirements, secondary counselors are speaking with classes to share additional information and answer any questions in a group setting as well as meeting with individual students to address specific needs ahead of senior year.


Step 1: Explore & Define
Here’s a guide to career planning for high school students. This guide offers in-depth information in several areas, including:

  • How to identify skills and interests and match them with potential careers
  • How to get work and volunteer experience to prepare for a career
  • A discussion of several career areas and the kinds of jobs found in each Resources you can use to prepare for your desired career

Step 2: Learn & Grow

  • Enroll in courses to help your career path
  • Grow your resume and knowledge
  • Get credit through dual credit, advanced placement courses, CTE certification, and ROTC

Step 3: Investigate & Decide

  • Tour Campuses
  • Set up appointments with recruiters
  • Decide on your dream school or military branch 

Step 4: Evaluate & Assess

  • Register to take the ACT, SAT, TSI, ASVAB
  • Study for exams
  • Assess your scores

Step 5: Apply & Acceptance

  • Apply to your dream school
  • Send transcripts/resumes
  • Meet with military recruiters

Step 6: Finance & Secure

  • Apply for FAFSA
  • Apply for scholarships

Step 7: Take the Next Steps

  • Apply for housing
  • Leave your mark
  • Meet with college to finalize


College & Career Readiness Administrative Code

ACTC’s What Have You Earned

ACTC’s CCR Informational Video

For more information about college and career readiness graduation standards, contact your child’s high school counselor.