Focus Areas

Our mission: Help communities, states and, ultimately, the nation deliver a high-quality, coherent education and training system. Collaboration across K-12, postsecondary and workforce systems increases opportunity, grows economies and closes gaps.

Smoothing transitions for success

America’s education system is the cornerstone of our democracy and economy. When it works well, seamless transitions from K-12 to postsecondary to careers lift up all students and families, and grow economies. Unfortunately, those transitions are not always seamless, and that leaves young people unprepared, with limited options for the future. We focus our work on leveraging and scaling the highest-impact strategies to strengthen student transitions, creating on-ramps to postsecondary credentials for all Americans.

College and Career Readiness

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In the new economic reality, a high school diploma is not enough. All youth need some education or training beyond high school to engage in careers that pay well and provide opportunities for advancement. To prepare students to excel in their chosen path, states need to align K-12 and postsecondary expectations, create high-quality career pathways, promote seamless transitions into postsecondary and modernize accountability systems to drive improvements and promote readiness.

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Postsecondary Success

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A postsecondary credential—high-quality certificate, 2-year or 4-year degree—is the ticket to upward economic mobility, especially for disadvantaged students. States can increase postsecondary attainment for all by setting and using attainment goals to drive system change, expanding access and increasing readiness for enrollment in credit-bearing coursework, and scaling successful strategies for retention and completion.

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Economic Alignment

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Economic success for all is the ultimate goal. To reach that goal, communities and states need to use labor market information to drive decisions on building, scaling up and/or phasing out specific K-12 and postsecondary programs; strengthen partnerships with business, industry, and workforce development systems; and, expand work-based learning opportunities, such as registered apprenticeships.

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Services

To learn more about our work, visit the Services page.

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