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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.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's (USCCF) Education and Workforce program promotes the rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems needed to preserve the strength of America's greatest economic resource, its workforce.
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.
To build a stronger American workforce, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation partners with cities, school systems, corporations, chambers of commerce, trade associations, and others, assisting them in designing effective business-education partnerships, employee recruitment and mentoring programs, workplace flexibility policies, and more.

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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.

  1. Introduction

  2. Case Study of Business Engagement: The Kentucky Campaign

  3. Career Ready Definition: What does it mean to be college and career ready?

  4. Common Core Timeline: The Road to Consistent Academic Standards

  5. Standards and Assessments: Core Messages that Work

  6. Examples of the Common Core State Standards

  7. Sample Test Questions

  8. Making the Case: Common Core and Its Importance to the Business Community

  9. State Data on College and Career Readiness

  10. Additional Resources for Business, Parents, and Policymakers

  11. Using the Resources in This Toolkit: How to Tailor to Your State

  12. Sample Introduction Letter

  13. Sample Newsletter Article

  14. Sample Email Message

  15. Sample Paycheck Stuffer

  16. Sample Letter to the Editor

  17. Sample PowerPoint Presentation

  18. Fast Facts: Common Core Development

  19. Fast Facts: Common Core Implementation

  20. Fast Facts: Common Core and Data Security

  21. Sample Frequently Asked Questions

  22. Tips for Creating a Video




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