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College and Career Readiness Resources

Organizations and Initiatives

  • Achieve, Inc. is an organization created by the nation's governors and business leaders. Achieve helps states prepare all young people for postsecondary education, work, and citizenship by raising academic standards and achievement in America's schools.

  • The Council for Chief State School Officers' (CCSSO) supports state education agencies with the planning and implementation of their high school redesign efforts, by providing technical assistance in areas that states have defined as high priorities.

  • The Education Trust is an organization that works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-kindergarten through college, and for closing achievement gaps that separate many students based on income and race/ethnicity.

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation College Ready Education supports initiatives and efforts to improve education at the high school, district, and state levels.

  • The Center for Collaborative Education is an organization that seeks to improve student learning in K-12 public schools and districts, by promoting educational reform that is focused on school and system-wide change.

  • High Schools That Work is one of the nation's first large scale effort to combine challenging academic courses and modern vocational technical studies to raise the achievement of career bound high school students.

  • The Internationals Network for Public Schools is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and support of the network of international high schools that serve late-entry immigrant English Language Learners. Internationals currently supports eight small public high schools in New York City and has targeted national expansion over the next five years.

  • Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a non-profit research, consulting, and advocacy organization that believes that all young people should have a quality high school and postsecondary education, and that all adults should have the skills needed to hold jobs that pay enough to support a family.

  • The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) is an organization intended to be the eyes, the ears, and the voice of the business community in shaping the policies and practices of public school reform.

  • The Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association (MSSAA) is a professional association of more than 1,200 Massachusetts middle school and high school principals, assistant principals, superintendents, curriculum directors, and teachers.

  • The National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET) is a national voluntary coalition of more than 40 organizations and advocacy groups representing special education, general education, career and technical education, youth development, multicultural perspectives, and parents.

  • The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is a national professional organization for middle school and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world.

  • The National Dropout Prevention Centers includes two centers: (1) the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, and (2) the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities. Their website contains information on effective practices and additional resources.

  • The National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation's governors

  • The Massachusetts STEM Pipeline is an organization formed to identify, assess and promote effective programs designed to dramatically increase student interest in, and preparation for, careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and thereby help to maintain a highly competitive Massachusetts economy.

  • The National College Access Network (NCAN) is a network of 223 organizations that spend their financial and human resources to help motivated, academically capable, low-income young people enroll in and graduate from college.

  • The National High School Center is part of a national network of Content and Regional Comprehensive Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help build the capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the provisions and goals of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The Center identifies research-supported improvement programs and tools, offers products designed to be user-friendly, and provides technical assistance services to improve secondary education.

  • The Pathways to College Network is a national alliance of organizations committed to using research-based knowledge to improve postsecondary education access and success for the nation's underserved students, including underrepresented minorities, low-income students, those who are the first in their families to go to college, and students with disabilities.

  • The Rennie Center is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to develop a public agenda that informs and promotes significant improvement of public education in Massachusetts.

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Disclaimer: A reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.