A key priority area for Central states is the need to help students become better prepared for postsecondary education and careers. Addressing this need in the short term will require assisting states as they transition to the Common Core State Standards. In the longer term, states and districts need assistance to create or improve their data systems to track progress and understand key challenges.
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