New Standards is a joint project of the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh and the National Center on Education and the Economy. Beginning in 1991, the project culminated in the publication of New Standards Performance Standards, a set of internationally competitive performance standards in English language arts, mathematics, science, and applied learning at the 4th, 8th, and 10th grade levels. The standards are no longer in print, but can be downloaded here in PDF form.
Tough Choices for Tough Times is a plan for a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. education system implemented by six states. Click through to access the report, the executive summary, and background publications about the research that went into writing the reform framework.
The New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce is a group of American business, government, civil rights, and education leaders that proposed a new framework for American education to boost student performance and raise system efficiency. This page includes the publications and reform recommendations released by the commission, specifically their reports, Tough Choices or Tough Times and America’s Choice: High Skills or Low Wages!
The Workforce Development program has provided policymakers, states, localities, and others the advice and assistance needed to build comprehensive workforce development systems that meet the needs of America’s workers, jobseekers, and employers. This page gives access to guides, background reports, and policy recommendations for transforming Adult Education programs to Adult Education for Work programs and includes tools for employers, program administrators, and education providers.