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Promoting Student Achievement

In today's competitive world, students not only must graduate from high school, but also need to do well in core academic subjects and college admissions tests. In this section, you'll find resources from organizations that focus on student achievement.

Achieve, Inc
Organization dedicated to helping states set higher academic standards so students leave high school prepared for college or work. Reports on the website show how states are progressing toward this goal.

ACT College and Workforce Training Readiness
Series of reports on education and workforce issues of national importance that stress how a rigorous, core curriculum helps students achieve success at school and work.
Source: ACT

Assessment of 21st Century Skills: The Current Landscape (PDF) (Word)
Report on assessment tests that best measure the full range of skills needed for success in the global economy.
Source: Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2005

Closing the Expectations Gap, 2006 (PDF) (Word)
Report on actions states must take to ensure that high school graduates are prepared for college or work. Lists the states that have already adopted these recommendations.
Source: Achieve, Inc., 2006

Framework for 21st Century Skills (PDF) (Word)
One-page summary of the skills students need to master to succeed in a global economy.
Source: Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2006

Improving College Readiness and Success for All Students (PDF) (Word)
Issue paper on ensuring a seamless transition from high school to college.
Source: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, 2005

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Office within the US Department of Education that provides data and reports on trends and conditions in education.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Consortium devoted to improving the way in which we prepare students for the global economy. Features a framework of important skills, shows how these skills are assessed and describes actions states have taken to improve skills.

Ready for College and Ready for Work: Same or Different? (PDF) (Word)
Report that finds that high school students who plan to enter workforce training programs after graduation need academic skills similar to those required of high school students going on to college.
Source: ACT, 2006

Results that Matter: 21st Century Skills and High School Reform
Report that describes the educational changes required to give students the skills they need to succeed in the global economy.
Source: Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2006

Tests and Other Assessments (PDF) (Word)
Guide on career tests and assessments that explains their use in career planning and job search, and discusses how they differ.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2000

The New Commission on Skills of the American Workforce
A bi-partisan panel formed by the National Center on Education and the Economy to recommend changes in the education system that will enable the US to better compete with other nations.

Tough Choices or Tough Times ( executive.htm )
Executive summary of the report by the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce on the skills students will need to get good jobs and how the American education system must adapt to ensure they get these skills.
Source: New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, 2007