New Online Toolkit Helps School Leaders Work with College- and Career-Ready Standards

By Get It Right

The National School Boards Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals have created an online toolkit for educators as part of a national effort to spur dialogue around the importance of embracing college- and career-ready standards for all students.

The toolkit contains videos, tip sheets, sample surveys and other resources that will first, help educators understand and better explain the move to college and career readiness, engage the community, and put the standards in place. It was created as part of the Learning First Alliance’s Get It Right campaign.

“This is important because we’re living through a time of great change in our country and in our economy,” says NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel in a video introducing the toolkit. Most states have now adopted college- and career-ready standards, including Common Core State Standards, that focus on rigorous course content and critical thinking and problem solving skills for students.

“The standards are in place, now it’s up to local school districts to implement them,” Mr. Gentzel adds.

JoAnn Bartoletti, NASSP executive director, notes that, “College and career readiness, now a commonplace expression, represents a massive shift in the expectations of K–12 schools that we are continuing to unpack and understand. High school completion—college and career eligibility—is no longer a sufficient goal. Instead, principals have recommitted to building the human potential of each student in the school so each student is equipped for the future they will eventually lead.”

The toolkit brings together the organizations’ resources, which can be adapted for school boards, principals, or other school leadership positions. View the toolkit at:






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