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.
In this report, Achieve found several strengths in the Minnesota system, including the strong stance taken on standards-based reform and the commitment to using standards to improve teaching and learning. For example, the Minnesota system includes multiple ways for students to demonstrate what they know and are able to do, and the MCAs are technically sound measures of student achievement. Achieve and CBE recommended that the state revise the standards, improving clarity, specificity and focus to help guide districts in improving teaching and learning. The state's emphasis on applied learning may minimize content knowledge and the number of learning goals may obscure the most essential elements of content area expertise.