What to Know

What to Know

We know that making sure students are prepared for college and the workplace is one of the most important things we can do to build a strong economy.

We know that making sure students are prepared for college and the workplace is one of the most important things we can do to build a strong economy.

Yet for too long, we have not been setting our students up for success.

​​The world is changing; our kids are now not only competing with their peers from other states, but they are also competing with students from other countries.

Yet for too long, we have not been setting our students up for success.

​​The world is changing; our kids are now not only competing with their peers from other states, but they are also competing with students from other countries.

2012 Global Rankings Mathematics PISA 2012

Shanghai

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Chinese Taipei

Korea

Macao-China

Japan

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Switzerland

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Estonia

Finland

Canada

Poland

Belgium

Germany

Vietnam

Austria

Australia

Ireland

Slovenia

Denmark

New Zealand

Czech Republic

France

United Kingdom

Iceland

Latvia

Luxembourg

Norway

Portugal

Italy

Spain

Russian Federation

Slovac Republic

United States of America

In 2013, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that out of 34 OECD industrialized nations, 15-year-old students in the U.S. ranked 17th in reading, 21st in science, and an abysmal 26th in mathematics.

Simply put, we need to do better.

In 2013, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that out of 34 OECD industrialized nations, 15-year-old students in the U.S. ranked 17th in reading, 21st in science, and an abysmal 26th in mathematics.

Simply put, we need to do better.

2012 Global Rankings Mathematics PISA 2012

Shanghai

Singapore

Hong Kong

Chinese Taipei

Korea

Macao-China

Japan

Liechtenstein

Switzerland

Netherlands

Estonia

Finland

Canada

Poland

Belgium

Germany

Vietnam

Austria

Australia

Ireland

Slovenia

Denmark

New Zealand

Czech Republic

France

United Kingdom

Iceland

Latvia

Luxembourg

Norway

Portugal

Italy

Spain

Russian Federation

Slovac Republic

United States of America

That is why more than forty states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense schools have adopted and are implementing high education standards.

That is why more than forty states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense schools have adopted and are implementing high education standards.

These internationally benchmarked standards establish a set of clear and consistent guidelines.

These internationally benchmarked standards establish a set of clear and consistent guidelines.

These clear guidelines show what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in math and English language arts.

These clear guidelines show what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in math and English language arts.

Students will graduate high school able to succeed in college and the workforce.

Students will graduate high school able to succeed in college and the workforce.

The implementation of these new standards and the creation of high-quality assessments provide an unprecedented opportunity to prepare ALL students, no matter where they live.​​

The implementation of these new standards and the creation of high-quality assessments provide an unprecedented opportunity to prepare ALL students, no matter where they live.​​

It will take all of us to support our students and teachers as they rise to the challenge of higher standards.​​​​

It will take all of us to support our students and teachers as they rise to the challenge of higher standards.​​​​

The world is a more demanding place today than ever before.

It is vitally important that we—as business leaders, employers, and parents—speak out loud and clear that we have a role to play in helping students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in an increasingly demanding and competitive workplace.

Let's start today.

The world is a more demanding place today than ever before.

It is vitally important that we—as business leaders, employers, and parents—speak out loud and clear that we have a role to play in helping students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in an increasingly demanding and competitive workplace.

Let's start today.

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