College / Career Readiness
The increasingly global economy and complex world have changed the demands on the U.S. education system. Unlike in the first half of the twentieth century, high school diplomas are no longer sufficient to secure a good-paying job. In today’s knowledge-based economy, all students, no matter their background or career aspirations, need some form of postsecondary education.
Today, approximately 60 percent of all jobs—compared to 28 percent in 1973—require some form of postsecondary education, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. That percentage is only getting larger and is projected to reach 65 percent by 2020. At the other end of the education spectrum, the percentage of jobs requiring a high school diploma or less continue to shrink. In 1973, 72 percent of jobs were open to high school graduates; by 2020, that percentage is expected to fall to just 36 percent.

In order to ensure that students prepare for today's global job market, quality K-12 education must be provided to children. This education must provide them with deep content knowledge, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills needed to ensure success after high school. 

A high school diploma was once seen as the finish line. Today, a high school diploma is only the launching pad —the ticket to the additional education students need to qualify for their desired career.