Describes the American Diploma Project's benchmarks for English and math skills needed for high school graduates to succeed in college or high-growth jobs. Outlines how states, the federal government, colleges, and businesses can help align standards.
- Observation: States should align high school graduation requirements with real-world skills necessary in the workforce or in higher education that are validated by students' success in those institutions.
- Observation: Colleges and employers should utilize a properly-aligned diploma for admission and employment prospective.
- Observation: Diplomas should require that all students meet certain high standards in advance of 12th grade with multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency.
- Observation: High school standards should be comparable between states while offering flexibility in the instruction of the curriculum.
- Observation: Once the new high school standards are in place, states should reconfigure K-12 standards to develop instruction that prepares students at every step along the path to graduation.