As the economy grows dependent on a skilled workforce, the fact that fewer than 40 percent of Americans have a college degree raises an important question: What is being done to improve the educational attainment of our workforce? This report discusses the importance of postsecondary educational attainment, both for individuals and for companies; presents the results of focus groups and interview research; and concludes with a set of recommendations for employers, employees, higher education leaders, and policymakers.
Learn about the opportunities to leverage the Every Student Succeeds Act, 2015 (ESSA) to promote a coherent college and career readiness vision.
This brief recommends seven ways for supporters of deeper learning to take advantage of the changing education policy landscape, as authority shifts from the federal government to states and local districts. The authors outline priorities to help the nation’s high schools move from a largely inequitable system to one that prepares all students for college and careers, with the full range of academic, personal, and social skills needed for life success.
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with flexibility and the responsibility to design and implement new systems of accountability, support, and intervention. With the new law comes an opportunity to focus efforts at the school, district, and state level on ensuring that all students graduate high school with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to participate fully in our society.
In November 2015, New America convened a diverse coalition of national organizations to discuss strategies for strengthening connections between education, social mobility, and economic development in anticipation of the 50th anniversary and reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).
States are increasingly embracing the use of student-centered learning in classrooms. However, outdated federal K–12 education policies pose considerable barriers to the widespread adoption of this approach.