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.
As the graduation rate continues to rise, it’s worth continuing to examine the diplomas that make up that rate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Achieve analyzed the 95 diploma options across the country and looked at which states expect students to take courses so that when they graduate, students are academically prepared for life after high school. This analysis looked at how many diplomas a state offered, whether a state offered a diploma that meets college- and career-ready (CCR) course expectations in English language arts (ELA)/literacy and mathematics course requirements, assessment requirements associated with earning a diploma, and if or how student outcomes were reported by diploma type. The second year of this analysis reveals that while many states have multiple diploma options for students, and several states are adding additional endorsement options, many states still do not publicly report how many students earn which diploma. The lack of transparency means that in most states there continue to be more questions than answers about the true value of a high school diploma.