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Ready for Tomorrow: Helping All Students Achieve Secondary and Postsecondary Success

A Guide for Governors. National Governors Association, 2003. (PDF, 43 pgs.)

This guide offers advice to states on how to improve schools from kindergarten through college to prepare students to become productive citizens.

Measuring Skills for the 21st Century

Education Sector, 2008. (PDF, 18 pgs.)

Standing in the way of incorporating 21st-century skills into teaching and learning are widespread concerns about measurement. New assessments illustrate that the skills that really matter for the 21st century—the ability to think creatively and to evaluate and analyze information—can be measured accurately and in a common and comparable way.

Making the Grade in a Global Economy

Is It Good For the Kids, ASCD, 2008. (web column)

It is crunch time for scaling up school reform in the United States. At stake is whether an entire generation of learners will fail to make the grade in a global economy. This editorial calls for systems, schools and communities to prepare whole children for the whole world.

Engaged for Success: Service-Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention

Civic Enterprises, 2008. (PDF, 32 pgs.)

This report posits that because service-learning brings meaning to classroom lessons and engages students in hands-on activities; students who participate are less likely to drop out.

Are They Really Ready to Work?

The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, The Society for Human Resource Management, 2006 (web report, free registration required)

An in-depth study of the corporate perspective on the readiness of new entrants into the U.S. workforce by level of educational attainment, including results from both a survey conducted during April and May 2006 and interviews with a sampling of a dozen human resources and other senior executives.

21st Century Skills, Education, and Competitiveness: A Resource and Policy Guide

Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2008. (PDF, 20 pgs.)

This guide summarizes the challenges and opportunities that, if left unaddressed, will curtail our competitiveness and diminish our standing in the world. We can thrive in this century only with informed leadership and concerted action that prepares Americans to compete.

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