After 24 years in the K-12 education space, Achieve has shut its doors. Read the statement from Michael Cohen, President of Achieve here.
Our website www.achieve.org will remain available through December 31, 2020.
Former Achieve science team members have founded the NextGenScience project at WestEd where they will continue working with educators and partners across the nation to improve the quality of science education. Please visit their website and @NextGenScience to learn more about their work. They will continue to serve as stewards of the NGSS, sharing resources with the field through the nextgenscience.org website, NGSSNow newsletter, and @OfficialNGS.
All students should graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship.
States should refocus their accountability systems around the expectation that all students will graduate from high school ready for postsecondary pursuits and the workforce.
To date, most states have not made college and career readiness the central aim of their accountability systems. With states now leading the way in implementing college- and career-ready standards and assessments and building P-20 data systems, they should embrace a new approach to accountability that makes college and career readiness the central driver, provides the right information to the right people at the right time, and includes a continuum of college- and career-ready indicators to monitor students’ progress over time.
A college- and career-ready accountability system includes, at its core:
- A set of indicators that measure college and career readiness;
- A set of meaningful, ambitious but achievable performance goals on the college- and career-ready indicators;
- A set of incentives and consequences that encourages districts, schools and students to demonstrate improvement on those indicators; and
- A longitudinal data collection and reporting system to track and disseminate progress toward and beyond the state’s readiness expectations.