CAP Action 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.
Associate Director, Policy and Advocacy
The time is now for policymakers to take a bold and comprehensive approach to K-12 education.
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.
From teacher pay to school infrastructure to workforce readiness, new governors should move quickly to advance key education priorities in their states.
Communities across the country are redesigning their high schools to better engage students and prepare them for success in college and the workforce.
Policymakers must reimagine instruction and school structures to reflect the latest science of learning.
America’s high school students need a rich and varied curriculum in order to be successful in high school, college, and beyond.
Advancing state and local policy discussions about developing accountability systems for alternative high schools.
Getting high school students to and through college requires K-12 school systems to invest more in comprehensive college preparation efforts.
A 50-state review of high school graduation requirements shows misalignment between the coursework necessary to receive a high school diploma and to be eligible for college admissions.
A progressive education policy agenda should focus on putting economic mobility and opportunity within reach for all.
States can help innovative educators develop engaging and effective high schools through targeted flexibility, updates, and support.