Getting to the How

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College and career readiness for all students has become the new national norm throughout the country. Never before has true transformational change of this size and scope been entirely within our grasp. As significant as the effort has been to get to this point, the success of the college- and career- ready agenda lies in implementation. During this session, we heard from several leading voices about steps they are taking in their states to make the college- and career-ready agenda a reality on the ground. Jonah Edelman, Chief Executive Officer, STAND for Children Eric Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Ohio Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education, Arkansas Department of Education Scott Smith, Mayor, Mesa, Arizona and Vice President, United States Conference of Mayors Moderator: Brenda Welburn, Principal, TWW and Associates The annual American Diploma Project (ADP) Network Leadership Team Meeting took place on September 13-14, 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia. The goal of the annual meeting was to give states a significant opportunity to address key challenges and opportunities associated with advancing and sustaining the college- and career-ready policy agenda. Participants had time to engage with national experts, learn from colleagues in other states, and meet in state teams to plan next steps in their ongoing efforts to advance the ADP policy goals. Some of the topics discussed included the economic and equity imperitatives of the college- and career-ready agenda, Common Core State Standards implementation, defining career readiness, K-12 and postsecondary alignment, competency-based education systems, college- and career-ready reporting and accountability, and transition to college- and career-ready assessments. More information is at