As part of the 'Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity' tour, the Institute for a Competitve Workforce issued fact sheets of the state of education in the community. The fact sheets include key data points including National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores, college remediation rates, high school graduation rates, local economic indicators, state education laws, school governance, and others.
What if I told you there are programs available to public high school students that would allow them to complete two years of college while working towards their high school diploma?
From iPads and iPods, to Facebook and Twitter, kids today generally use technology with ease. However, while most young people are savvy technology consumers, very few understand the programming and coding that brings their gadgets to life.
Today’s business leaders grapple with the overarching question: How do we compete and win in the rapidly advancing 21st century global economy? Among the many factors that influence the success of business and the strength of our overall economy, few matter more than human capital. In our workforce lies the imagination that drives ideas, the ingenuity that leads to innovation, and the energy to put it all to work in our economy. But employers now face an unthinkable challenge in a time of chronic high unemployment— an insufficient supply of skilled and educated workers to meet the demands of a competitive workforce.
Low-income students have a higher likelihood of dropping out of school, in part because they are not exposed to the same resources as their more affluent peers.
In public school classrooms of 30 plus children, it can be a challenge for teachers to give each student the individual time he or she needs to understand and tackle basic subject matter.
One key to thriving in a competitive global economy is a properly skilled workforce that can innovate, create new products and services, and bring them to market quickly and efficiently. America remains a leader in innovation, but its workforce is falling behind. Education and workforce development systems have not kept pace with the demands of the 21st century, and we all bear the costs of this failure. American businesses spend billions of dollars each year training their employees and pour billions more into education. Despite these substantial investments, employers continue to report that too many job seekers are unqualified for modern jobs.
Perhaps now more than ever, state officials are concerned about an aging workforce and the inability to find skilled workers, while dealing with high unemployment numbers.
The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education has developed a new way to inform legislators and other education stakeholders on education policy. Building on their popular Policy Primer, the Partnership recently released an online version of The Education Policy Toolbox.
These case studies show that business leaders—whether as individuals or operating through organizations such as local chambers of commerce, foundations, or public education funds—can play a critical role in supporting effective school board governance and reforms that improve student achievement.