Preparing Students for Success

In 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.

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. 

In 2015, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that out of 35 OECD industrialized nations, 15-year-old students in the U.S. ranked 17th in reading, 19th in science, and fell 4 spots to an abysmal 30th 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

ESSA gives states the power to design their own education system, but holds states to clear and consistent guidelines for preparing students.

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

These standards will help students 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 their zip code. But policy alone won't close the skills gap. 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.

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