Closing the Expectations Gap

In Closing the Expectations Gap 2011, Achieve reports that its college- and career-readiness agenda has been accepted by policymakers, business and education leaders and the general public.

Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have adopted academic standards that are aligned with college- and career-ready expectations, including many states that have adopted the Common Core Standards.

“States must now ensure that the higher expectations they have adopted in their standards are carried out in related policies such as graduation requirements, assessments and accountability systems that value college and career readiness,” (Achieve President Michael) Cohen urged.

Students who take college-prep courses will be prepared for college or careers, Achieve argues. But last week, its former president, Harvard Professor Robert Schwartz released a Pathways to Prosperity report criticizing moves to require a college-prep curriculum for all high school students. Students should be able to choose a career education path, Schwartz now believes.

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  1. Cranberry says:

    Why does Achieve think its college- and career-readiness agenda has been accepted by the general public? I’d wager that the general public’s blissfully unaware of Achieve’s existence.

  2. Chartermom says:

    Why does there always seem to be an underlying assumption that Career education is only for the less academically capable? Why not Career education as a choice? We advise kids to try and find a job that they love because they’ll be doing a long time — but then tell them to go to college in order to be successful. I wonder how many college educated people are sitting at desks in corporate offices doing something they don’t enjoy (and that doesn’t take advantage of their college education)?

    At the same time, because CTE programs have been gutted, the college bound kids miss the opportunity to work a career oriented course into their high school schedules. Not only can these courses be useful in just maintaining a household, many times the training in these career oriented courses becomes an avocation for someone who does go on to pursue another career. A very cerebral coworker of mine gets great pleasure out of doing projects at his house and credits a required year of “shop” education with providing him the basics he needed to get started. Meanwhile I live in an area with one of the highest percentages of college grads in the country and many of them can’t figure out how to do the most basic repairs and maintenance on their homes so instead they spend hundreds of dollars to fix things.