The Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) uses cookies to improve our website, enhance your experience, and deliver relevant messages and offers about our products. Detailed information on the use of cookies on this site is provided in our cookie policy. For more information on how CED collects and uses personal data, please visit our privacy policy. By continuing to use this Site or by clicking "OK", you consent to the use of cookies.OK

College- and Career-Ready


College- and Career-Ready


The United States is falling behind in education compared to other industrialized countries – with severe economic repercussions for individuals, businesses, and the nation. To ensure that students successfully develop the knowledge and skills to be college- and career-ready in the 21st century, CED supports the implementation of rigorous, internationally-benchmarked academic standards in states as part of a high-quality comprehensive education system. With such standards, states can help every student – especially those who are disadvantaged – to be prepared to compete for jobs and gain equal opportunity to access the middle class. Academic standards serve as a framework to guide local educational development about what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.

The business and policy communities can take the following actions to promote access to high-quality educational standards for every student:

  1. Build your knowledge and understanding of standards and why their quality is important. Learn about what they represent and share what you know.
  2. Champion efforts to support ongoing implementation of high educational standards by voicing your support. State-level decision makers need to hear from business leaders like you. Write an op-ed, use social media, or meet with your state elected officials.
  3. Educate your colleagues and other stakeholders about the challenges of implementation at the local level, support those on the front lines including teachers and principals, and partner with schools and others to create solutions for your community.



News & Media


CED Education Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Teresa Carlson
Vice President, General Public Sector
Amazon Web Services
Michael Chesser
Chairman and CEO (Retired)
Great Plains Energy, Inc.
Howard Fluhr
Chairman Emeritus
The Segal Group
Chris Gabrieli
Co-Founder and CEO
Empower Schools
Larry Jensen
President & CEO
Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors
Jo Kirchner
Primrose Schools
Scott Pulsipher
Western Governors University