A new policy and economic environment promises to upend the twentieth-century blueprint for high schools that has left large numbers of students without diplomas or the advanced skills essential for college and careers. To prepare graduates for a twenty-first-century society and a global workplace, most states adopted the Common Core State Standards or other internationally benchmarked college- and career-ready standards. Long-standing concerns remain, however, about whether states have an educator workforce, or the capacity to produce one, with the training and skills needed to ensure that students achieve the learning outcomes essential to succeed in school and beyond. If the dominant teacher workforce policies and practices remain unchanged, then the aspirations of rigorous state standards will simply continue a legacy of unfulfilled reforms.
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