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Standards are shared expectations for what all students should know and be able to do. Assessments are common yardsticks for measuring progress. Together, they tell us where all students are and where school systems need to get them.

In recent years, states have raised their sights by putting in place new, more rigorous standards and assessments that better reflect the demands all young people will face after high school — whether in two- or four-year colleges, the workforce, or the armed services.

This has the potential to engage all students — rather than just a privileged few — in rich and rigorous content. We’re working to realize this potential by:

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