WASHINGTON DC—The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is an important step toward putting the lessons learned over the past decade to work for the benefit of students, particularly low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities and En
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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.
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.
The Institute for a Competitive Workforce assembled the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Task Force on Student Aid to develop a set of core principles that represent the needs of the business community when considering the redesign of federal financial aid, and to contribute to the public debate by offering observations about the shortcomings of the current system and discussing ideas for experts to consider.
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.
This report identifies the best and worst performing states—the leaders and laggards— in public postsecondary education. It focuses on the performance of the institutions over which state governments have the most influence: public colleges and universities. In an effort to systematically measure the most important factors being watched by policymakers, business leaders, and concerned citizens, we graded state performance and policy.
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.
The business community is the number one consumer of the public education system and therefore must be an involved and engaged stakeholder in the education of America’s children. Through the Business Education Network (BEN) ―a coalition of business leaders engaged in Pre-K to 12th grade education policy, programs, and research―participants will develop and promote the implementation of programs and policies that improve academic achievement in this country.