America Achieves supports the creation and dissemination of tools and resources that leverage the learnings from the development and successes of our initiatives. We are also focused on identifying, creating and sharing tools and resources that communicate and generate support of the need for a higher educational bar for all students.

Career Readiness

GETTING REAL ABOUT CROSS-SECTOR COMPETENCIES (2018)
This white paper features insights and experiences shared by school leaders on the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and character attributes necessary for success.

FINDING THE FORMULA: UNDERSTANDING HOW SCHOOLS CAN IMPROVE STUDENT MOTIVATION (2019)
This new report explores how motivation can be addressed at the school and classroom levels through a deliberate focus on rigor, relevance, and relationships; and promising practices from schools that educators can implement.

LEVERAGING PROJECT-BASED LEARNING TO IMPROVE CAREER READINESS (2018)
This white paper describes the potential of project-based learning to improve student learning, particularly toward the development of in-demand, cross-sector competencies.

PERFORMANCE TASK SUITE OF RESOURCES (2019)
The goal of this suite resources on this webpage are to describe the process used to develop high-quality, career-ready performance tasks and share design principles to help others imagine and build capacity for similar work.

THE PROMISE OF PARTNERSHIPS: ENGAGING INDUSTRY FOR CAREER READINESS (2018)
For high school students, regular engagement with employers offers advantages that schools alone have a hard time providing. This white paper explores effective partnerships.

ROSCOE COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL PROFILE (2019)
In our latest school profile, we take a look at how Roscoe Collegiate considered the economic shifts in the region and potential barriers that students faced to create its vision, and then designed and leveraged partnerships to make the vision a possibility for all of its students.

Youth Agency

GRIPTAPE DECEMBER LEARNING REPORT (2018)
GripTape’s early research focused on defining the conditions needed to develop young people’s agency and self-direction over their learning. The organization next turned to investigate the impact GripTape was having on young people. Immediately following their Learning Challenge, youth consistently report that the experience had a significant positive effect on their confidence and views of their competence, as well as how they approach their learning and understand what they need to do to be successful.

GRIPTAPE JUNE LEARNING REPORT (2018)
This report contains new findings and learnings informing the future of GripTape’s youth-driven learning programs. It presents an overview of organizational highlights from GripTape’s activities between June 2017 and May 2018, recent research findings from the first long-term, longitudinal impact study, and GripTape’s programmatic learnings.

Equity and Access

EXPECTATIONS AND REALITY (2015)
Most US parents are anxious that their children’s future could be compromised if their education does not become more challenging. Expectations and Reality, a report from America Achieves, shows that these anxieties may be well-founded—given that real educational improvements for U.S. students may not be keeping pace with parent hopes or with the rising educational bar in a changing economy.

MIDDLE CLASS OR MIDDLE PACK (2013)
Many Americans think a serious need for better educational performance is largely restricted to low-income children and families—and that middle-class lifestyles equate to a world-class education. While this need for low-income students is very real and very important, this report suggests that the need for better education extends deeply into America’s middle class.