P21 Urges U.S. House to Approve Rep. Polis’ Amendment to H.R. 5

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P21 endorses Representative Jared Polis' proposed amendment to H.R.5 calling on all states to adopt and implement college and career ready standards that embody the knowledge and skills students require to succeed.

Today P21, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, the leading organization uniting business, education, and government leaders to advance meaningful teaching learning for all students, issued the following statement endorsing Representative Jared Polis’ proposed amendment to H.R. 5 calling on all states to adopt and implement college and career ready standards that embody the knowledge and skills students require to succeed after graduation.

  • “The next Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) should call on states to have standards that are rigorous, internationally benchmarked, and require students to demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively, solve problems, and communicate effectively.”
  • “P21 strongly urges the full House to approve Rep. Polis’s amendment to H.R. 5, which would require states to adopt and implement rigorous college and career ready standards, and next generation assessments that effectively measure student’s knowledge and skills. Our nation’s communities and economy can longer afford to leave students unprepared for success after high school.”

•“We also commend Rep. Polis for recognizing the importance of ensuring that every state adopts and implements early learning standards across all developmental domains. Far too may poor American children arrive on the first day of Kindergarten developmentally behind their more affluent peers. Federal and state leaders must focus on and invest in the nation’s youngest learners.”


About P21:
P21, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, recognizes that all learners need educational experiences in school and beyond, from cradle to career, to build knowledge and skills for success in a globally and digitally interconnected world. Representing over 5 million members of the global workforce, P21 unites business, government and education leaders from the U.S. and abroad to advance evidence-based education policy and practice and to make innovative teaching and learning a reality for all.

P21 Members:
American Camp Association, American Federation of Teachers, Apple Inc., Asia Society, Bahcesehir K-12 Schools, Cable Impacts Foundation, The College Board, Common Sense Media, Crayola, Destination Imagination, Duck Learning, EdLeader21, EF Education First, Education Networks of America, First Five Years Fund, Fisher-Price, Ford Motor Company Fund, Future Problem Solving Program International, Gale Cengage Learning, Goddard Systems Inc., Intel Corporation, Learning.com, LEGO Education, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Education Association, PBS, Pearson, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, VIF International Education, and The Walt Disney Company

P21 Leadership States:
Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia

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