Our Impact

We work with leading states and organizations across the country to help them set and meet their education and economic development goals. We are committed to supporting partners as they develop and scale strategies to increase postsecondary attainment and open doors to economic opportunity.

Focusing on what matters

We bring deep experience and expertise to some of the most complex issues in education. We are known for working collaboratively with our partners to increase innovation and remove barriers that can disadvantage some in our society and jeopardize their ability to achieve education and economic success. We focus on critical leverage points to dramatically improve performance and close gaps.

We help systems succeed

We support America’s education leaders to achieve impact—shaping sound policy, building strong coalitions, and facilitating smart investments.

We led a national task force convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers that developed a set of far-reaching policy recommendations to improve students’ readiness for the 21st century world of work. Forty-four states endorsed the recommendations, which are now the focus of a major initiative to transform career readiness policies and programs across the country.

We worked with the nation’s leading higher education organizations to launch a coalition of college chancellors and presidents committed to supporting more ambitious K-12 academic goals. Hundreds of postsecondary leaders, in more 40 states, joined  Higher Ed  for  Higher Standards to advocate for aligned expectations as a key strategy for improving student success.

We helped the nation’s top philanthropies establish a joint venture for investing in more effective communications around the importance of challenging education standards. The  Collaborative for Student Success became a leading advocate for college- and career-ready standards in US schools, and continues to support state reform efforts today.

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