Earlier this month, education policy organizations Achieve, the Data Quality Campaign, EducationCounsel, Jobs for the Future, and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices announced the establishment of the College and Career-Ready Institute, a partnership designed to help states ensure that students graduate ready for postsecondary education and the workforce.
The institute will focus on eight states—Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Tennessee. These states were selected because of their demonstrated commitment to a college- and work-readiness agenda, and the institute intends to assist them in several areas. They will work on developing goals for improving their graduation, college- and work-readiness, and postsecondary educational attainment rates; establishing state assessment systems that are aligned with college- and work-readiness standards and that measure students’ progress; and putting in place accountability systems that provide incentives for appropriate actions, promote accurate judgments, and drive effective supports and interventions.
The organizations hope that the lessons learned from these eight can assist other states with their college- and career-ready agendas and boost the academic prospects for even more U.S. students.
For more information on this initiative, please visit http://achieve.org/node/1033.