Policy Issues

Education

Early Learning

A high-quality early education instills a strong foundation of cognitive and social skills in children, making them more likely to graduate high school, stay out of crime, attend college, and achieve high earnings. But too many, particularly in underserved communities, remain without access to it, and thus run the risk of facing challenges now and down the road. Because of what’s at stake for both children and society at large, CED works to advance early education throughout the country. CED collaborates with local business leaders, policymakers, and like-minded organizations to increase the quality of, and access to, early education through public and private initiatives.

College- and Career-Ready

CED is supporting the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to ensure that our nation’s students are successfully developing the knowledge and skills to be college and career ready in the 21st century. The CCSS are standards in English language arts and mathematics which are voluntarily adopted by states, and provide a clear, consistent framework for what students should know and be able to perform at each grade level throughout their K-12 education.

Postsecondary Education

Postsecondary degree attainment has been a major factor in driving America's economic gains over the last 40 years. But after decades as the international leader, the United States is falling behind other nations in providing students with the higher education credentials that have value in the workplace. To help close this skills gap so the nation remains globally competitive, CED has embarked on an 18-month research project to survey employers and non-employers about the methods they are using – and also the challenges and impediments – to support the higher degree attainment and skills certification of employees.

Essential Competencies

Today, many employers lack reliable ways of assessing the extent to which applicants have the necessary skills and knowledge for their positions. As a result, they must rely instead on sub-optimal metrics, including applicants’ educational attainment and the prestige of the school they attended.CED’s Essential Competencies Project examines the feasibility and efficacy of competency-based hiring and works with select companies to screen applicants at initial stages of the hiring process, resulting in a more thorough system of hiring.