NSBA and NASSP Launch College & Career Readiness Engagement Toolkit

October 18, 2016

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 18, 2016) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), in partnership with the Learning First Alliance’s Get it Right campaign, have developed a communications toolkit to support school leaders and educators’ efforts to prepare high school students for success after graduation through effective community engagement.

College and career-readiness is widely recognized as the ultimate goal for all high school graduates to ensure their future success. To help define what students should know and be able to do in order to succeed post high school, many states and districts have already undertaken the task of adopting and implementing college and career-readiness standards in their schools.

“With technology changing everything we do from our jobs to how we connect as communities, young people need to be prepared for today’s jobs, and occupations yet to be imagined,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO of NSBA. “Success after high school requires that students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed for entrance to college and the workforce.” “To make that happen, school leaders are jumpstarting conversations in their communities and working to enhance educational opportunities for all of today’s students, both college- and career-bound.”

“College and career readiness, now a commonplace expression, represents a massive shift in the expectations of K–12 schools that we are continuing to unpack and understand,” stated JoAnn D. Bartoletti, Executive Director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. “High school completion—college and career eligibility—is no longer a sufficient goal. Instead, principals have recommitted to building the human potential of each student in the school so each student is equipped for the future they will eventually lead.”

While few can dispute the importance of students’ readiness, the college and career-readiness standards or learning goals represent a change for many families, educators, and schools. NSBA and NASSP’s “Get it Right” communications toolkit offers a collection of resources and practical information for forging stronger family-community-school links and can be part of a comprehensive engagement system leading to improved overall results. To access the toolkit and for more information visit


About NSBA: The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. For more information, visit

About NASSP: The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information, visit

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