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A new coalition of various states and non-profit organizations has joined to better align high school standards and exit exams with the skills students need for college and high-performance workplaces. The American Diploma Project consists of five states (Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Texas) and four organizations (Achieve, The Education Trust, The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, and The National Alliance of Business).

Once the project’s findings are analyzed, representatives from each state will come together to design common goals and expectations for high school students, which will then be reviewed by a panel of experts.

A second project, administered by the Center on Education Policy, aims to provide independent evaluations of high school exams in all states and determine how these tests affect students’ lives. This initiative will seek to answer questions such as: Are teachers teaching differently? Are schools providing supplemental services for kids that aren’t doing well? Are kids working less in terms of outside employment?

More information on both programs is available from Education Week.

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