Achieve hosted the 9th Annual Meeting for State Leadership Teams and National Partners on December 12-13, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. With over 300 leaders from 34 states in attendance, including K-12 chief state school officers, governor's education policy advisors, postsecondary leaders, state board members, state legislators and representatives from third-party organizations and national education organizations, the meeting focused on what's working and what's on the horizon to further implementation of the college- and career-ready policy agenda in states. The meeting featured a keynote with the author and investigative journalist Amanda Ripley, who discussed her new book, "The Smartest Kids in the World," and remarked on American students' experiences in the classrooms of high-performing nations to reveal insights on advancing a college- and career-ready nation. The meeting also included compelling conversations on implementing and sustaining the agenda with emphasis on college- and career-ready standards and assessments, integrating STEM into the college- and career-ready agenda and transforming teacher preparation to meet the expectations for a college- and career-ready nation.
New were Ed Talks, in which issue-area experts gave defining, 15-minute talks highlighting bright spots and advancements in the field. Topics included open educational resources (OER), career and technical education, competency-based pathways, making the most of good data, high-quality instructional materials and advocating for the agenda. The meeting also provided an opportunity for peer networking to share ideas around the next frontier of the college- and career-ready agenda and make connections across state leaders' work. Click here for the full agenda. For more information on implementing and sustaining the agenda, visit https://www.achieve.org/college-and-career-ready-agenda.