Plan 2020 is a new alternative to No Child Left Behind that seeks to stress the importance of preparation for real world challenges. According to state superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice the goal is not only for children to graduate, but also for children to be prepared for college work and adulthood in the 21st Century.
Dr. Bice said, "Prepared means that students are gaining not just knowledge but the ability to apply knowledge."
Plan 2020 outlines four priorities, including the 'learners,' the support systems, the school systems and the professionals. These elements will work together in an effort to complete the following objectives: 1) Improve student growth and achievement, 2) Close the achievement gap, 3) Increase the graduation rate and 4) Increase the number of students that are college and career-ready.
Also included in the strategies is the bringing about of a more unified system from pre-kindergarten to the business world. And, Dr. Bice notes that this system is crucial to "creating a successful and powerful workforce in Alabama."
Students should enter the 9th grade with a 4-year plan based on their own skills, talents and interests. These strategies are designed to increase attendance, encourage behavioral improvements and keep students engaged in the classroom.
-From A+ Education Partnership, 3-2-2012