CCRG Guide for DPS Schools

This site is intended to be a resource for schools in implementing the CCRG requirements.  This guide is intended to support DPS schools in implementing CCRG with a common understanding of expectations, structures, and key tasks.  The following outlines the 4 key tasks required to meet the requirements of CCRG.

CCRG Overview for School Leaders

Contact Information

Overall Implementation

Math Course Implementation

English IV Course Implementation

Key Task #1:  Determine who is eligible/required to participate in CCRG.

Step 1: Access the CCRG list provided by R&A

There will be a report available to schools containing students that fall within the eligible GPA for being included in CCRG.  These lists have already been filtered for students for the following exemptions: PreACT, ACT, CCP, Math 3 EOC

Step 2: Determine students who may have met an additional exemption requirement to be excluded from CCRG.  

For more detailed information on the exemptions, please visit this link. 

Step 3: Document which students are participating in CCRG, or a rationale for exemption. 

For any student without an exemption, they are expected to be given the opportunity to complete CCRG.

Key Task #2:  Identify & Prepare Your School Team

Step 1: Determine who is on your CCRG school team.

It will be critical to determine who the key individuals are at your school that will assist in implementing the CCRG process.  Schools should consider:

It is also important to note some specific details and responsibilities at a district and school level.  While not a comprehensive list, the information below should assist in framing the school’s work.

LEA / District Coordinator Responsibilities

School Level CCRG Contact Responsibilities

School Level Data Manager Responsibilities

Step 2: Make this CCRG Guide available to your school team.

Key Task #3:  Communicate with Students & Parents about CCRG

Step 1: Notify students who are required to participate.

Schools must notify students who are required to participate of the opportunity to engage in CCRG English and/or Math.  Resources to support your communication:

This letter is intended to frame CCRG as an opportunity.  Schools are welcome to amend the letter as they see fit and place it on school letterhead.  The format for how schools send notification is a school-based decision.  

Key Task #4:  Determine Implications for the Master Schedule & Teaching Assignments

Step 1: Review implementation details.

In most DPS schools, CCRG supports will be provided in current English IV and math classes.  There will be no impact on current student schedules.

English Implementation

CCRG requirements for English will be built into the English IV course structure.  This will be a mixture of online software components and reading / writing activities and assessments.  The handbook for the course can be found at this link.

DPS supports implementing CCRG English by embedding it into the English IV course.

Mathematics Implementation

CCRG requirements for Math focus primarily on elementary and middle school mathematics content and will be embedded as a part of a student’s math course.  The handbook for course materials  can be found at this link.  

Step 2: Set expectations for CCRG teachers.

Teachers who have CCRG-identified students enrolled in English IV or math courses will:

NOTE: Students will be working on CCRG modules largely asynchronously, concurrent with regular coursework.  Teachers are permitted (but not required) to use CCRG work as grades or to replace assignments in the core class, but no student should fail a course required for graduation due to grades or missing work from the CCRG modules. 

Step 3: Request support or training for teachers.

Anticipated Questions

Q:  What guidance is NCDPI and/or DPS giving regarding grading the content in a CCRG course?

A:  NCDPI has indicated that they will not give guidance on how this work is factored into the grading of the course.  DPS has set the expectation that no student should fail a course required for graduation due to grades or missing work from the CCRG modules.

Q:  Does a teacher have to be certified in English to teach the CCRG content?

A:  CCRG has no requirements for delivering CCRG content, however since this is being delivered in the English IV course, the teacher will need to be certified as appropriate for teaching the English IV course.

Q:  Does a teacher have to be certified in Math to teach the CCRG content?

A:  CCRG has no requirements for delivering CCRG content, however since this is being delivered in the math course, the teacher will need to be certified as appropriate for teaching the math course.

Q:  Is CCRG participation a graduation requirement?

A:  No.  It is not a graduation requirement.  However, implementation of the program is required by legislation.

Q:  Is the CCRG program required for selected students?

A:  Schools are required to implement the program and notify students of the ability to access the program and its benefits.  The program is not a requirement for graduation.  In DPS, we will do our best to inform parents and students of the benefits they can receive from participation.  However, if after individual counseling the student (if 18) or parent decides that they will not participate, we will honor their decision.

Q:  How does CCRG impact students in the OCS Program?

A:  Students in the OCS program will not participate in the CCRG program unless the parent specifically requests that through the IEP process.

Q:  Are all students who are participating or have participated in the CCP process exempt?

A:  Students who participate in the college pathway of CCP are exempt.  Students who participate in CTE pathways are exempt unless they gain access to the program through the recommendation process, not the GPA / testing requirements.

Q:  Can performing poorly in CCRG instructional modules “harm” a student when it comes to enrollment or course options at the community college?

A:  No.  The community college will place the student in courses based on the best scores and data that the student provides.

Q:  If a student has a GPA  below 2.2 & wants to access the CCRG opportunity, are they allowed to access the EdReady/NROC online support?

A:  At this time they do not have access, but contact Liz Moffitt if you would like to discuss a particular student’s needs.

Additional Notes

CCRG stands for Career & College Ready Graduates.  This is a partnership between NCDPI and the NC Community College System.  Established by state law in 2016, the legislation requires the following:

Benefits of CCRG:

Background Overview from NCDPI

What’s the overall goal of CCRG?

CCRG Requirements & Best Practices (NCDPI Document- requires authentication to NCEdCloud))