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NOVEMBER 18, 2015

Staying the Course on Higher Standards

In Colorado, the first round of Common Core-aligned test scores are in, and Colorado Succeeds has some important perspective to offer. Having implemented higher standards for students at every grade level, it is not at all surprising that scores were underwhelming on the new and more rigorous test. The good news is that we are now aware of, and honestly reporting, true proficiency levels, which are troubling, and which were masked by the score inflation of the previous state test. In this blog post and video, Colorado Succeeds explains why the new tests are critical to providing students what they need and deserve from our schools.

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

Sense Vs. Nonsense

From the Desk of Tim Taylor:
This is a worthy read—a rant and lots of colorful comments on one of the blogs I follow. It addresses a question I have not been able to answer - until now. If Common Core is really just about standards, not curriculum, why are so many parents lamenting about the way their kids are learning math? The example here focuses on the “base-ten system” and, like any standard, there are multiple ways to teach it. But because it is a new standard, any curriculum will likely be new to parents. This is the story of a nonsensical argument against the Common Core, and the effective and entertaining response it inspired. As you’ll see, it’s not the way kids learned math decades ago, but turns out the base-ten system actually makes a whole lot of sense.

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JULY 28, 2015

New Normal

The Evolving Link Between Learning and Earning:
Connecting postsecondary and workforce data is critical to preparing students for careers that will earn them a living wage. How well is our nation’s education system aligned to the realities of the 21st century workforce and globally competitive economy? Well, just ask any parents whose kid has had to move home to live in their basement after graduating college in the last several years. There’s a popular phrase that makes a powerful point: learning is earning. It’s true. The more education you have, the more likely you are to become and remain gainfully employed, and thus climb higher up the economic ladder.

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Million Dropouts
Some 1.1 million American students drop out of school every year.
Nearly 44 percent of dropouts under age 24 are jobless, and the unemployment rate of high school dropouts older than 25 is more than three times that of college graduates.
Each cohort of dropouts costs the U.S. $192 billion in lost income and taxes.
Of Employers
report that new employees with four-year college degrees lacked “excellent” basic knowledge and applied skills
Our annual GDP could increase by $525 billion by closing the gap between white students and their black and Latino peers.
Less than half of American students – 46% – finish college. The U.S. Ranks last among 18 countries.

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America faces significant challenges specific to student readiness for college, the competitive workforce, and the global economy. Click here to learn more

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Colorado Succeeds
Our vision is that every student in Colorado has access to a high performing school and graduates with the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to succeed in a competitive global economy. Colorado Succeeds provides the aggressive policy, advocacy and accountability work to make this ambitious goal a reality. Click Here

Colorado Succeeds was founded on the premise that the business community has the obligation, opportunity and capacity to increase the college and workforce readiness of all students through an ambitious, aggressive and comprehensive reform agenda.

Idaho Business for Education
is a driving force in the development of an Idaho education system that results in graduates who have postsecondary credentials and who are workforce ready. Click Here

Idaho Business for Education is comprised of Idaho CEOs and company presidents, who share a common goal — Better Education in Idaho. The members of IBE are passionate about improving Idaho’s educational system in all aspects.

Nevada Succeeds
We are committed to dramatically improving the quality of the state’s education system through a variety of approaches and initiatives, all with a single goal and purpose: improving student outcomes. Click Here

As the business voice for education, Nevada Succeeds demands effective performance from our education system and is dedicated to creating a climate for successful student achievement in Nevada.

BEST NC is committed to ensuring that every child is ready to learn, that every classroom from pre-K to post-graduate has an excellent teacher and school leadership, and that every student in NC has the skills he or she needs to be career and life ready. Click Here

BEST NC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving North Carolina’s public education system through policy and advocacy.

Business is the end user of America's education system. Click here to learn more

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Tim Taylor
Cofounder and Executive Director

Dale Chu
Deputy Director

Jason Gaulden
Communications Director

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