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.