Education & Workforce
Nothing is more important to America’s economic future than the development of a workforce with the skills and knowledge required to compete in the global economy. That development starts in the classroom and extends the length of a working person’s career.
Through its events, publications, and policy initiatives—and drawing upon the Chamber's extensive network of members—USCCF connects the best minds in American business with the most innovative thinkers in American education, helping them work together to ensure the nation's continued prosperity.
This is a critical time for America’s schools and our students. As employers, parents, and community members, we can all agree that making sure students are prepared for success in college and the workplace is one of the most important things we can do to build a strong economy.
Nothing matters more to our long-term economic health and stability than readying American workers in all industries to compete in today’s economy. That means ensuring our education system is preparing our young men and women to compete not just with people in neighboring communities and states, but with people around the world.
Consistent Academic Standards for Student Success
The good news is that a critical piece of this work is well underway. Forty-five states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense schools have adopted and are moving forward on the Common Core State Standards, which outline the skills and knowledge students need to master by the time they graduate high school to be successful in college and the workplace.
Across the board, we are setting expectations for students that are more in line with what colleges and employers are looking for—such as critical thinking and problem-solving. At the same time, we are ensuring that each state remains firmly in control over the content of its own curriculum.
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