CCRS Resources & Technical Assistance Providers

A number of organizations work in the college and career readiness and success landscape, focusing on one or more related CCR issues. Learn more about each of these organizations below. If you are interested in adding your CCRS organization to this list, please contact us.


ACT is a nonprofit organization that works to help people achieve education and workplace success. Most known for its college admissions and placement test, it provides more than a hundred other assessment, research, information, and program management services for education and workforce development. The organization serves elementary and secondary schools, as well as individuals in colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies—nationally and internationally.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that promotes high school transformation to help all students graduate prepared for postsecondary learning and success in life. The organization works to improve national and federal policy as well as encourages public awareness and action that support effective secondary school reform.

The America’s Promise Alliance is a partnership of over 400 national organizations representing nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators and policymakers. America’s Promise is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, with a focus on ending the high school dropout crisis and ensuring that students graduate ready for college and the 21st century workforce. Among other initiatives, the centerpiece of America’s Promise is its Grad Nation campaign which launched in 2010.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 31,000 professional school counselors around the globe.

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. ACTE is committed to enhancing the job performance and satisfaction of its members; to increasing public awareness and appreciation for career and technical programs; and to assuring growth in local, state and federal funding for these programs by communicating and working with legislators and government leaders.

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies whose member companies comprise nearly a third of the total value of the U.S. stock market. BRT is dedicated to accelerating innovation and boosting the worldwide competitiveness of the nation. Through its Education and Workforce Committee, the association supports policies and investments to improve student achievement, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), expand U.S.

The Business Higher Education Form (BHEF) is the nation's oldest organization of senior business and higher education executives dedicated to advancing innovative solutions to U.S. education and workforce challenges. Composed of Fortune 500 CEOs, prominent college and university presidents, and other leaders, BHEF addresses issues fundamental to global competitiveness.

CompetencyWorks is a collaborative project headed by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and facilitated by MetisNet. The collaboration includes 19 other organizations representing national organizations, philanthropies, community based organizations, state education agencies, and chief state school officers.

ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career is dedicated to advancing practice, policy, and research aimed at helping young people prepare for both college and career through Linked Learning. Linked Learning is a high school improvement approach that aims to make learning exciting and challenging. It connects strong academics with real-world experience in a range of fields, such as engineering, arts and media, and biomedical and health sciences—helping students gain an advantage in high school, college, and career.

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO leads and facilitates collective state action to transform the public education system in the four strategic areas of Educator Workforce; Information Systems and Research; Next Generation Learners; and Standards, Assessment, and Accountability.