Resources

This is a repository of education policy and advocacy resources from America Succeeds, our affiliates, and our partners.

Bouncing Back: Student-Centered Policies for 2021

If there were ever an uncertain year ahead, 2021 is it. Planning an ambitious, strategic legislative agenda for next year seems virtually impossible right now.

The push from education stakeholders will largely center on ‘bouncing back’ by addressing foundational needs like providing more services with (likely) fewer resources, keeping track of kids’ attendance and physical well-being, supporting teachers and parent-teachers with remote instruction, and solving basic childcare issues. Of course, we cannot forget that all of this is happening in the midst of a generational fight to address the inequity that is a result of broader societal systemic racism.

Equity, access, and opportunity are at the heart of America Succeeds’ work. So, it is within that context we provide four key policy recommendations in our latest report, Bouncing Back: Student-Centered Policies for 2021. These recommendations are straightforward and foundational. 2021 won’t be the year to ‘reinvent’ our education system. Boldness right now will consist of getting these fundamentals right while setting the stage for longer-term impacts.

In Age of Agility: Education Pathways for the Future of Work America Succeeds tells stories and presents data about the seismic shift in the education-to-employment pipeline. Read the report and learn more about how we are working with states across the country to address an uncertain future.
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America Succeeds engages business leaders as education champions to prepare learners for their dreams and jobs. Since 2012, we’ve been pursuing a vision of building a public education system that prepares every student to succeed in the competitive global economy and contribute to their local community. Learn more about our work in the Annual Report 2019.
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America Succeeds is a network of non-profit, non-partisan policy and advocacy organizations. Together, they represent more than 5.34 million K-12 students and 724 business leaders across seven states, and are making incredible progress in improving public education. Learn more about our work and our impact in the Annual Report 2018.
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BEST NC’s Education in North Carolina: Facts and Figures, 2019 Edition provides quick an easy access to the data needed to improve public education across the state. Dig deeper into information on students, educators, schools, finance, achievement and more to support your advocacy efforts.
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If there were ever an uncertain year ahead, 2021 is it. Planning an ambitious, strategic legislative agenda for next year seems virtually impossible in light of COVID-19. We believe the policy priorities outlined within this report are key to ensuring our schools, educators, and students bounce back from the current crisis and are more resilient and ready for the next one.
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This report looks at systemic shortcomings and the impact they have on the workforce pipeline, operating conditions for businesses, and the long-term economic consequence for Colorado. The data is complemented with commentary from CEOs who provide insight on the skills, talent, and educational demands of the workforce.
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America Succeeds’ brief, “The Case for Social-Emotional Learning,” summarizes research examining the outcomes of social and emotional learning in the current education system. The research shows the effect of social-emotional learning on a spectrum of students ranging from preschool to high school, tracking students through multiple grade levels.
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More than 100 business, community, and education leaders collaborated on the Colorado Roadmap to Work-Based Learning. This active online resource helps to support school and industry work-based learning partnerships so that all Coloradans are aware of, prepared for, and have access to the jobs, careers, and opportunity pathways they want.
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With an abundance of resources dedicated to learning remotely, parents have access to plenty of support to ensure their children have opportunities to continue learning during the COVID-19 outbreak. Unfortunately, sorting through the content can be a challenge which is why we created this guide.
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Utilizing the framework of Vision 2030, Colorado Succeeds created the 2019 Field Guide to Education in Colorado. The field guide includes facts about education in Colorado, the economic impact of our current system, and the world of opportunities available if we collectively embrace the innovative techniques that prepare students for the Age of Agility.
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Idaho Business for Education has produced this Field Guide to give you a quick overview of the “state of education” and the key data that will support efforts to improve the education system. Idaho faces many challenges if we want to set our students up for success. But, with every challenge comes an opportunity. The Field Guide also points to ways in which we can achieve success.
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This report highlights the key components of Florida’s K-12 education reform strategy and explains why the adoption of the Florida reforms in Colorado would greatly improve schools. Florida’s mixture of parental choice options, academic transparency and accountability, and common-sense reforms could improve the achievement of students.
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This report chronicles the evolution of a signature piece of education policy which unveils how money is being spent at every public school. The measure provides unprecedented access to school-level financial data. Overlaying this new level of detail with academic performance data, we can finally see how effectively schools are utilizing their available resources.
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Idaho faces an increasing gap between the skills possessed by its students and those needed to succeed in a rapidly changing economy. Recognizing the threat posed by this gap, Idaho Business for Education (IBE) engaged Slalom, an independent consulting firm, to research the current Career and Technical Education system.
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Idaho Business for Education (IBE) collaborated with HP on a statewide study of Idaho’s education system. The findings reinforced some trends, including how Idahoans want the best for their children; educators often feel under-valued; making sure all students can read should be a priority, and families play a crucial role in their children’s success. LEARN MORE >

Improving educator preparation represents an enormous opportunity for improving teacher quality. With better training, teachers can be more effective, which, in turn, moves us closer to ensuring every child has access to a great teacher. Our policy toolkit is designed to give you a head start in advocating for a stronger teacher preparation system.
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