About The Business Center for a College- and Career-Ready America
The Business Center aims to help business leaders think more strategically about how best to support college and career readiness for all students in states across the country. Its unique value for business leaders is rooted in Achieve's deep understanding of states' progress toward implementation of college- and career-ready (CCR) standards — and what states need going forward to ensure success.
To strengthen the bridge between awareness and engagement, the Business Center provides a range of practical and customizable tools, key messages, talking points and examples of how current business leaders are supporting standards-based education reform — both within and across states. Discover and explore:
- WHAT are key K-12 education facts and the impact on the business community;
- WHY business leaders should care about the CCR reform agenda;
- HOW to become engaged or enhance your existing education engagement strategies; and
- WHEN key measures of the CCR reform agenda affect your state(s).
Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability.
Created in 1996 by a bipartisan group of governors and business leaders, Achieve is leading the effort to make college and career readiness a priority across the country so that students graduating from high school are academically prepared for postsecondary success. When states want to collaborate on education policy or practice, they come to Achieve. At the direction of 48 states, and partnering with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, Achieve helped develop the Common Core State Standards. Twenty-six states and the National Research Council asked Achieve to manage the process to write the Next Generation Science Standards.
Achieve has also served as the project manager for states in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which are developing next generation assessments. And since 2005, Achieve has worked with state teams, governors, state education officials, postsecondary leaders and business executives to improve postsecondary preparation by aligning key policies with the demands of the real world so that all students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to fully reach their promise in college, careers and life.
For more information about the work of Achieve, visit www.achieve.org.
Preparing all students for college and career is the mission of the K-12 system.
Being college and career ready (CCR) means that a high school graduate has the knowledge and skills in English language arts/literacy, mathematics and science needed to qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing postsecondary coursework or postsecondary job training programs.
“College and career readiness” is the unifying agenda across the P-20 education pipeline. From high-quality early education and strong, foundational standards in elementary school to rigorous science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs and postsecondary completion goals, college and career readiness is now a priority in many states.
For this priority to be sustained throughout districts, schools and classrooms, states must focus on the complex challenges of implementaion and lay the foundation for success. Implementation occurs at many different levels, and ongoing support and collaboration by a number of stakeholders — including governors, state school chiefs, legislators, state board members, K-12 and higher education professionals, and families — is essential to advancing the CCR agenda.
Lending a business voice to support these efforts is critical to ushering in an America that is truly college and career ready.
The business community has a legacy of being at the forefront of efforts to improve public education in America. Companies have made strategic investments — of time, expertise and funds — in education because the success of our nation in the global economy depends on a quality workforce.