College, Career, and Civic Readiness

The K-12 Education team is dedicated to preparing all students for college, civic engagement, and the future workforce. Many jobs in the future may be radically different from those of the past, and Americans can expect to hold multiple jobs over the course of their careers. As a result, we recognize the importance of the K-12 education system to provide every child with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed both in postsecondary education and in a changing workforce across a wide range of occupations. We believe this exposure should begin as early as kindergarten and include preparation of educators and engagement of families. See the K-12 Education team’s other core priority areas:

  1. Racial Equity and Community-Informed Policies
  2. Modernizing and Elevating the Teaching Profession
  3. Investment and Funding Equity in Public Education

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The $78 Billion Community College Funding Shortfall Report
FREDERICK, MD - OCTOBER 6: Students study and eat in the student center at Frederick Community College, on October 6, 2015 in Frederick, Maryland. About 16,000 students of all ages attend college at FCC. Tuition and fees are about half of what they are at four-year public colleges in Maryland. Financial aid options help make learning more accessible for all students. People living in this small city have a median income a bit above the national median. Its homeownership rate is a bit below average. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)

The $78 Billion Community College Funding Shortfall

A closer look at the revenue gaps between community colleges and public four-year institutions reveals significant inequities and underscores the need for reform.

Victoria Yuen

The Opportunity and Counseling Corps: Helping K-12 Students and Young Adults Recover From the Coronavirus Crisis Report
A first-grade teacher works with a student during an English literacy class at a school in Boston, April 2016. (Getty/The Boston Globe/Jonathan Wiggs)

The Opportunity and Counseling Corps: Helping K-12 Students and Young Adults Recover From the Coronavirus Crisis

Investing in an Opportunity and Counseling Corps would provide tutoring, counseling, and other supports to students as well as employment and skill development for young adults to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus.

Neil Campbell, Abby Quirk, Roby Chatterji

Creating Strong Building Blocks for Every Student Report
Seven-year-old transgender boy Jacob Lemay does his homework at his home in Melrose, Massachusetts, on May 9, 2017. 
For months in the Lemay home, the same phrase was repeated over and over by their troubled young child, barely more than a toddler, who showed growing signs of depression.

Creating Strong Building Blocks for Every Student

This report details the components needed to effectively prepare middle school students for rigorous high school pathways that will lead to success in college and careers.

Meg Benner, Scott Sargrad

Building a Strong Middle Class Through Career Pathways Programs Report
Vietnamese nursing trainees are received at the Rostock University Medical Center in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Rostock, September 2019. (Vietnamese nursing trainees are received at the Rostock University Medical Center in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Rostock, September 2019.)

Building a Strong Middle Class Through Career Pathways Programs

The United States can raise academic outcomes, lower youth unemployment, and strengthen its economy by following the leads of Germany, Singapore, and Switzerland in training their youth for in-demand jobs.

Laura Jimenez

Ensuring Equitable Pathways for the Class of 2020 Amid the Coronavirus Article
An empty high school classroom in Lakewood, Colorado, March 16, 2020. (Getty/RJ Sangosti)

Ensuring Equitable Pathways for the Class of 2020 Amid the Coronavirus

Students, parents, schools, and districts need more explicit guidance on how to deal with high school to postsecondary pathway requirements during and in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ashley Jeffrey, Laura Jimenez

Math Pathways Report
A high school student is tutored in algebra in Washington, D.C., April 2019. (Getty/Sarah L. Voisin)

Math Pathways

Schools, districts, and states should coordinate and prioritize investment in high-quality math pathways for students.

Ashley Jeffrey, Laura Jimenez

How Delaware Aims To Improve College Readiness Report
 (Students in California attend their outdoor high school graduation ceremony.)

How Delaware Aims To Improve College Readiness

Every state serious about improving outcomes for high school and college students should replicate the lessons learned from Delaware’s College Success Report.

Laura Jimenez

A Quality Education for Every Child Report
Fifth and sixth grade students warm up for class at an elementary school in Washington, D.C., October 2012. (Getty/The Washington Post/Astrid Riecken)

A Quality Education for Every Child

The time is now for policymakers to take a bold and comprehensive approach to K-12 education.

Scott Sargrad, Khalilah M. Harris, Lisette Partelow, 2 More Neil Campbell, Laura Jimenez

The Rigor of a High School Diploma Is at Risk Article
High school seniors pose for photos before their June 2011 graduation ceremony in New York. (Getty/Robert Nickelsberg)

The Rigor of a High School Diploma Is at Risk

States must take legislative action in order to ensure that the coursework to receive a high school diploma is the same for college admissions eligibility.

Sonali Mirpuri, Laura Jimenez

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