Policy: State

Fostering School Success with Standards for Nonacademic Skills

Growing evidence highlights the importance of teaching social and emotional skills alongside academic skills for students’ success throughout their education and beyond. Although social and emotional skills are frequently tied to early education standards, they are often left out of the standards for elementary, middle, and high school. As a result, many states have encountered roadblocks in aligning early learning standards with those for K–12.

The Role of Business in Promoting Educational Attainment: A National Imperative

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. 

Integrating Earning College Credit in High School into Accountability Systems

Evidence suggests that earning college credit prior to postsecondary enrollment is a predictor of college success. States are now being asked to consider including measures related to students earning college credit during high school in their accountability systems. This paper offers research-based guidance and recommendations to states for incorporating these indicators into their accountability systems.

Engaging Key Stakeholders in the Career Pathways Design Process

Our  three-part webinar series "Career Pathways—Leveraging CTE to Enhance Learning for All Students"  will explore key aspects of designing a career pathways system for all students.  Presenters will share stories from the field, including strategies and lessons learned from states grappling with similar issues. Further, the series will highlight existing tools that states can use to promote and guide the career pathways work.

Let’s Get this Conversation Started: Strategies, Tools, Examples and Resources to Help States Engage with Stakeholders to Develop and Implement their ESSA Plans

The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) has created opportunities for stakeholders to play a more active role in helping state education agencies create policy and implement initiatives. For this to happen, however, state education agencies must first to be able to engage stakeholders in a way that will encourage committed collaboration with state and local leaders.

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