How Members are Prioritizing College and Career Readiness
February 21, 2017

2017 Outlook

While the adoption of Common Core State Standards in most areas of the country increased the rigor of academic learning expectations, college entrance exam scores still indicate too few students graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in postsecondary education. Advocates will work to address this gap in 2017 by lobbying for dual enrollment programs, access to postsecondary courses, and quality remediation options. Finally, many states are unveiling innovative Career and Technical Education options that provide students with alternate opportunities to find work with a liveable wage after graduation.

Key takeaways

  • College and career readiness is a moderate priority of the Network, 61 percent of respondents are planning to engage on the issue.
  • The specific policies falling in this category range from ensuring career pathways and career and technical education, to remedial course access and post-secondary access.
  • There is not one specific policy in this category that a majority of advocates are prioritizing.

State Snapshot

31 members in 21 states including D.C. are planning to engage on these issues, either as a high priority or on the to-do list, in 2017. Click the map to see the full list.

High Priority Issues

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said college and career readiness was a high priority and are working on similar policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Laura for an e-intro.

6 Organizations said workforce readiness and career and technical education is a high priority

  • Colorado Succeeds
  • Democrats for Education Reform Louisiana
  • Educate Texas
  • Foundation for Florida’s Future
  • Rodel Foundation of Delaware
  • Stand for Children Oregon

3 Organizations said remediation and dual credit is a high priority

  • Democrats for Education Reform Louisiana
  • Foundation for Florida’s Future
  • Stand for Children Oregon

Looking for expertise or thought partners on college and career readiness issues?

Below are advocates who offered to be thought partners or resources on this issue.

Organization Name Topic
Partnership for Learning Brian Jeffries Business involvement in supporting a college and career readiness agenda
Rodel Foundation of Delaware Paul Herdman Career pathways
Foundation for Florida’s Future Patricia Levesque College and career-pathways policy

Members most frequently mentioned Achieve, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, The Education Trust, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and CCSSO as go-tos for advice and resources on college and career readiness.


PIE Network

PIE Network supports and promotes a network of education advocacy organizations working to improve K-12 education in their states so that every student graduates world-ready.


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