Improving Policy: Creating Better Conditions and Platforms for Accountability, Innovation, and Systemic Reform

The Urban and Higher Education Program focuses on building understanding of what it will take to implement the Common Core State Standards in the nation’s schools. At the same time it encourages action on the pending reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), supporting analysis and advocacy by knowledgeable organizations. We also supports grants to policy work related to degree completion and effective postsecondary education. Grants currently support organizations engaged in improving policy conditions relevant to the Education Program strategy including policies that would increase high school graduation rates, college readiness and adoption of the Common Core State Standards.  

Priorities for the coming year include:

  • Maintaining public support and understanding for Common Core State Standards implementation and building public receptivity to new science standards





Program News

July 12, 2010
Education Week

Panel Moves Toward 'Next Generation' Science Standards Learn More

July 12, 2010

Mapping Next Generation Science Education. Public Comment Sought on Draft Science Education Framework Learn More

February 8, 2010
The Art of Teaching

New Generation of Science Standards: Part of the Common Standards Movement? Learn More