Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core

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Business Roundtable Education and Workforce Committee

The Business Roundtable’s goal is to promote and develop a well-educated workforce, with an emphasis on the need to improve mathematics and science performance.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

THE IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging program of education aimed at college success.

Innovation Lab Network (ILN)

The Innovation Lab Network (ILN) is a group of states taking action to identify, test, and implement student-centered approaches to learning to transform the public education system.

Coalition of Essential Schools

The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) is at the forefront of creating challenging schools. CES has a long tradition stretching back to the mid-1980s of juried reviews of student work products and projects.

New York Performance Standards Consortium

A coalition of schools in New York State that build instruction around performance tasks.

Generation TX

Generation TX is a project of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) with the goal of developing a commitment among key stakeholders to create a college-going culture in Texas public schools that prepares all students for a postsecondary education.

engageNY.org

Created by the New York State Education Department, engageny.org contains a summary of the key shifts that need to occur in teaching practices for the Common Core State Standards to be implemented successfully.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s goal is to support innovation that can improve U.S. K–12 public schools and ensure that students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college. They supported the creation of the Common Core State Standards.

National Governors Association

The National Governors Association (NGA) is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Along with the Council of Chief State School Officers, the NGA coordinated the state-led effort of the Common Core State Standards.

ACT

ACT (American College Testing) is an assessment for college readiness and college admissions in the United States.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, an amalgam of national organizations and school districts, has developed its own framework that lays out the range of knowledge and skills that students will need for success in the future.

American Diploma Project Network

To make college and career readiness a priority in the states, Achieve launched the American Diploma Project (ADP) Network in 2005. Starting with only a handful of states, the Network has now grown to include 35 states educating 85 percent of all U.S. public school students. Through the ADP Network, governors, state education officials, postsecondary leaders and business executives work together to improve postsecondary preparation by aligning high school standards, graduation requirements, and assessment and accountability systems with the demands of college and careers.

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