This history of the first 40 years of the organization, compiled and written by Dr. Frank Abbott, describes its origins and takes us from those early developmental years into its impressive growth and success under the leadership of Harold Enarson and Robert Kroepsch. It reports on the tumultuous and nearly devastating times at the end of the Kroepsch era, then describes the substantial accomplishments of Phil Sirotkin in restoring both focus and credibility to the organization in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Programs and Services
This report summarizes the central issues addressed at the National Summit on Academic Rigor and Relevance, hosted by the State Scholars Initiative on April 29-30, 2008, in Boston, Massachusetts. The summit brought together almost 300 participants: business leaders, policymakers, educators, administrators, and others. Participants were asked to examine the role and effectiveness of the business community in driving national education reform conversations; and to discuss policy reform efforts to increase academic rigor and improve academic relevance in high school. Thirty-six states and territories were represented. Speakers included: Phyllis Hudecki, executive director of the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition; Charles Kolb, president of the Committee for Economic Development and SSI Advisory Board member; Leon Lederman, Nobel laureate in physics, resident scholar at the Illinois Math and Science Academy, and SSI Advisory Board member; Mark Milliron, CEO of Catalyze Learning International; Lorena Riffo Jenson, chairwoman of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Roy Romer, former governor of Colorado and superintendent of the Los Angeles; David Longanecker, WICHE President; Troy Justesen, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education; and Belle Wheelan, president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
SSI uses business-education partnerships at the state and community levels to encourage students in middle and high school to pursue a more rigorous course of study in high school than they might otherwise have taken. This is a listing of participating businesses, listed by state.
This summary highlights an evaluation of how SSI's business-education partnerships influenced high school student course-taking. This evaluation focuses primarily on the 10 SSI states that were operating federally funded SSI projects from October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2007: Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. A variety of information was used to formulate the findings and program and policy recommendations, including performance reports, correspondence, and program documents, as well as data from interviews with state directors and surveys of SSI business partners.
This summary highlights SSI perception data. Perception surveys were developed by NCHEMS to measure the impact of SSI on the attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs of students, teachers, parents, guidance counselors, and businesspeople with regard to the importance of rigorous course-taking in high school and its effect on postsecondary and occupational outcomes. These perception surveys were conducted between September 24, 2007, and January 31, 2008, in eight states at 43 different SSI events.
The collection of student-level outcome data for the State Scholars Initiative is of paramount importance. SSI is creating an environment that allows states and districts to understand the difficult data-gathering and utilization questions that are left unanswered by other programs. Included in this summary are data from 47 districts in 10 SSI states, representing 121,417 individual students with enrollments in over 1.3 million courses in 2006-07. The SSI states included in these charts are Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
This year-in-review publication highlights the key achievements in 2007 for the State Scholars Initiative (SSI). Highlights include SSI successes in new member states, continuing success in SSI veteran states, the latest data on SSI’s impact on business community participants and integration with state and national education policy initiatives and a look ahead to SSI’s National Summit on Academic Rigor and Relevance and student data collection efforts.
This year-in-review publication highlights some of SSI’s key achievements in 2005-06, including: SSI’s growth into new States; success in spreading the message about the importance of a rigorous curriculum; and the impact of SSI efforts on individual students and State policies.
Many people ask why physics is part of the State Scholars Core Course of Study: is it really that important to postgraduate success in college, work, and life? The answer is yes, according to researchers, employers, and high school graduates.
The State Scholars Initiative is a national program, operating in states across the country, which utilizes business leaders to motivate students to complete a rigorous course of study in high school, one that will give them a boost in college and their careers.