How Members Are Prioritizing College/Career Readiness in 2018
February 2, 2018

Use the bullets below to jump to a specific section, or visit the 2018 Network Member Priorities Overview.

2018 Outlook

Recognizing that today’s economy requires different kinds of education and training, and that students are graduating from traditional schools underprepared, advocacy organizations around the country are increasing their focus on preparing kids for what comes after high school. In 2018, PIE Network members are working on both comprehensive approaches to improving state policy as well as focusing on specific strategies like access to advanced coursework, dual enrollment, and ensuring graduation requirements are meaningful as federal requirements shift. Work on Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs continues to expand, including efforts to create robust career pathways from high school directly to the workforce.

Key Takeaways

  • Members are more engaged on college and career readiness than previous years. Thirty-six members are planning to engage on this issue in 2018.
  • Eight members in six states are working on comprehensive policy change in this area.
  • Of the range of issues included in this category, members most frequently name increasing access to advanced coursework.
  • Members are also engaging on CTE, graduation requirements, and connecting college and career readiness with accountability systems.

State Snapshot

Thirty-six PIE Network members in 20 states are planning to engage on this issue in 2018, either as a high priority or on the to-do list.

Member Engagement

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said they were planning to work on similar college and career readiness policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Laura for an introduction.


Twelve members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • AZ A for Arizona: Early College Credit, a Well-Funded Robust CTE Pipeline, and Post-Secondary Options for All Students
  • CA EdVoice: Dual Enrollment
  • CO Colorado Succeeds: Access to More Advanced Coursework Options
  • FL Foundation for Florida’s Future: Ensure Equitable Access for All Students to Dual Enrollment and AP Courses
  • IL Stand for Children Illinois: Course Access, Freshman-On-Track, and Competency-Based Learning Funding
  • LA DFER Louisiana: Support Alternative Pathways to Earning College Credit (I.E. Innovative Dual Enrollment Policies); Support Expanding Louisiana’s Jumpstart Program
  • LA Stand for Children Louisiana: Increase Access to and Success in for all Students to Advanced Coursework, Improving On-Time Graduation Rates, Increasing College and Career Pathways
  • MN EdAllies: Policies Related to AP/IB/PSEO/CIS, Etc.
  • NY The Education Trust-New York: Expand Student Access to Rigorous Coursework
  • OR Stand for Children Oregon: Pass a Bill that Would Help Improve the Transferability of Accelerated Learning Credits
  • TX Educate Texas: Improve Readiness of Students through Models and Higher Level Coursework
  • WA League of Education Voters: CCL and Access to Rigorous Coursework
  • WA Stand for Children Washington: Implement Academic Acceleration Policy in Every School to Automatically Enroll Qualified Students in Advanced Classes


Ten members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • AL A+ Education Partnership: Develop Plan for Expanding Computer Science Education to All High Schools
  • AR Arkansas Learns: Access to Industry-Relevant Career Pathways
  • AZ A for Arizona: Early College Credit, a Well-Funded Robust CTE Pipeline, and Post-Secondary Options for All Students
  • CO Colorado Succeeds: Expand Incentive Program Awarding School Districts for Students Completing Industry Recognized Credentials
  • CT ConnCAN: Apprenticeships, Access to High-Quality K-12 Schools
  • DE Rodel Foundation of Delaware: Build Infrastructure for Work-Based Learning
  • ID Idaho Business for Education: Focused on CTE and Idaho’s 60 Percent Goal
  • IN Stand for Children Indiana: CTE Programming Expansion and Alignment
  • KS AlignED: Funding & Program Support for Increased CTE
  • MA Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education: Focus on Credentials and Digital Equity


Thirteen members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • CA GO Public Schools: Passage of Policy Suite to Improve CCR in WCCUSD
  • CA The Education Trust-West: Equitable Implementation of New State Initiatives
  • CT Connecticut Council For Education Reform: Communication Strategy on the Importance of College and Career Readiness and How Personalized Mastery-Based Learning Can Help Accomplish the Goal
  • DE Rodel Foundation: Personalized Learning
  • GA Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education: College/Career Readiness
  • IL Advance Illinois: A Broader Vision for Competency-Based Education as a Focal Point for College/Career Readiness
  • MA Teachplus – Massachusetts: Engage Teachers and Parents to Advocate for and Expand Personalized Learning Models in Rhode Island
  • MN EdAllies: Personalized Learning
  • NY NYCAN: Better Articulation Between Skills Training, Early graduation, and K-12
  • TN Tennessee SCORE: A Coordinated, Clear, Statewide Strategy is in Place on K-12, Postsecondary, and Workforce Alignment, Focused on Driving Postsecondary and Ultimately Job Attainment for Tennesseans
  • TX Texas Aspires: Development of Actionable Recommendations for 60x30tx
  • WA DFER Washington: Support Programs that Authentically Prepare Students for College and Career
  • WA Partnership for Learning: Focus on Highest Leverage Policies and Programs to Increase State’s Postsecondary Attainment Rates


Three members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • IN Institute for Quality Education: Prevent State from Moving away from the Core 40 (More Rigorous) Diploma as Base Diploma
  • OH Thomas B. Fordham Institute-Ohio: Ensure High School Diplomas Remain Meaningful
  • OR Stand for Children Oregon: Protect M98 Policy and Funding During the Short Session

Expertise on this Issue

Below are members with experience who offered themselves as thought partners on this issue.

  • AlignEd, Torree Pederson, President: Increasing Access to At-risk Early Learning
  • Arkansas Learns, Gary Newton, President & CEO: Empowering the Voice of Business in education and industry-relevant career pathways
  • Colorado Succeeds, Kelly Caufield, Director of Policy: Incentivizing Work-based Learning
  • Educate Texas, John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director: Completing Dual Credit and Community College Coursework
  • Idaho Business for Education, Rod Gramer, President and CEO: Career Technical Education
  • Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Linda Noonan, Executive Director: College and Career Readiness
  • Partnership for Learning, Brian Jeffries, Policy Director, Career and College Readiness
  • Rodel Foundation of Delaware, Mary Gardner, Government Affairs Director: Career Technical Education
  • Stand for Children Indiana: Mary Gardner, Government Affairs Director: Career Technical Education
  • Stand for Children Washington, Libuse Binder, Executive Director: Academic Acceleration Policies

Members most frequently listed Achieve, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Foundation for Excellence in Education, America Succeeds, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as go-tos for advice and resources on accountability and transparency.


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