IL Joins National College Readiness Effort

According to this press release (below), Illinois has now joined the American Diploma Project, an effort coordinated by Achieve.org in Washington DC to promote higher standards for high schools. Thirty-three other states have already joined.

"By joining the ADP Network, Illinois has committed to ensuring that its

standards, graduation requirements, assessments and accountability

systems

are rigorous, relevant and aligned with the expectations that high

school graduates will face in college and/or the workforce."

I don't know what exactly is required of ADP states, other than the general notion that they're not supposed to water down their standards.

NEWS STATEMENT

CONTACT: Sandy Boyd (202) 419-1542, sboyd@achieve.org

Illinois Joins Network of States Committed to Better Preparing Students for College

and Careers

America Diploma Project Network Now Includes 34 States, Covering Nearly 85 Percent of All Public

School Students in Nation

WASHINGTON -

October 15, 2008 - Illinois has become the 34th state to join Achieve's

America

Diploma Project (ADP) Network, an ambitious initiative that challenges

states to reform education so that all students can graduate from high

school

ready to succeed in college and the workplace. The ADP Network now

covers 41 million students, nearly 85 percent of all public school

students

in the United States.

By joining the ADP Network, Illinois has committed to ensuring that its

standards, graduation requirements, assessments and accountability

systems

are rigorous, relevant and aligned with the expectations that high

school graduates will face in college and/or the workforce. Illinois

joins

an

ADP class that includes California and Florida in reviewing and

revising what students need to know and should be able to do in order

to be

successful

in both college and their careers. In recognition of the increasingly

global marketplace for talent, Illinois, California and Florida will be

among the first group of ADP states to use international benchmarks to

set expectations for their students.

"We applaud Governor Rod Blagojevich for making the future of all

students in Illinois a priority," said Mike Cohen, President of

Achieve. "By

bringing Illinois into the ADP Network, the Governor has recognized the

critical importance of preparing all students for the challenges of

college

and careers in the 21st century. We look forward to working with the

Governor and other state stakeholders on this important goal."

Cohen also commended Dr. Christopher Koch, State Superintendent,

Illinois State Board of Education; Geoffrey Obrzut, President, and

Elaine

Johnson, Vice President, Illinois Community College Board; Judy Erwin,

Executive Director, Illinois Board of Higher Education; and Jeff Mays,

President, Illinois Business Roundtable for their strong support and

commitment.

Achieve has been helping states align state education policies with

real-world demands since its founding in 1996 by the nation's governors

and

business leaders. The ADP Network was launched at the 2005 National

Education Summit on High Schools.

To learn more about Achieve and the ADP Network, visit www.achieve.org.

Created by the

nation's governors and business leaders, Achieve, is a bipartisan,

non-profit

organization that helps states raise academic standards, improve

assessments and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people

for

postsecondary success. At the 2005 National Education Summit, Achieve

launched the American Diploma Project (ADP) Network, a coalition that

has grown

to 34 states, educating nearly 84 percent of public school students in

the United States. The ADP Network is committed to aligning high

school

expectations with the demands of college, career and life.

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