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Michigan PTA College and Career Ready/ Every Student Succeeds Act

Michigan PTA is proud to be a recipient of a College and career readiness initiative grant from national PTA. The leads for this project include Joyce Heideman (Team lead and Communications lead), Sibyl Wilson (President and Partnership committee), Shaton Berry (Education lead), Teresa Marhofer (Partnership lead), Ruthann Jaquette (Partnership committee), Liz Jarvis (CCRI Treasurer) and Kathy Carter (President elect). These leads have received intensive training at National PTA headquarters and have assembled a top-notch team of advocates for this project.

Michigan PTA College and Career Ready standards/ESSA team is comprised of real parents, educators and community members who support public education in Michigan. Our goal is to work with our partners and in the community to share factual information about Michigan’s Career and College Ready Standards (CCRS), and Michigan’s Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). We will work to eliminate rumors and misleading information and provide education and guidance on what is happening in districts, in Lansing, and nationally, regarding these initiatives. If you have questions, are interested in a presentation or are interest in joining the CCRS/ESSA team please contact us at:


College and Career Ready indicates that students are prepared to go directly into a job or enroll and succeed in a post secondary education institution, without remediation.

College and career-ready high school graduates must have the necessary skills, knowledge and abilities to succeed in life. Parents, families, educators, employers, and policy makers now focus on these skills and knowledge to ensure students receive academic preparation, skills training, life planning, social support and resources. Students are learning critical thinking and reasoning skills necessary to engage in our complex work environments and compete in our global economy. States have adopted higher, more focused standards and aligned assessments to better prepare students for college, technical schools, the military and careers.

Components of College and Career Readiness

  • Academic and Content Knowledge
  • Cognitive and Higher-order Thinking Strategies
  • Social and Emotional Intelligences
  • College and Career Preparedness
  • Employability and Life Skills


Family engagement plays a crucial role in education. PTA advocates as a powerful voice for all children and a relevant resource for families and communities - providing resources to help parents and families support and assist with their child's education including readiness for college and career. PTA's focus on college and career readiness supports our mission to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. By working together to ensure America's youth are prepared when they graduate high school, we ensure they are ready for life!


Michigan’s College and Career Ready Standards:


The State of Michigan voluntarily adopted the Common Core State Standards in June 2010. These standards have served as our college and career ready standards, since. To see how Michigan has implemented these standards go to the Michigan Department of Education 

CCRI Resources:

Pta Academic Standards:    

Common core State Standards:

5 pillars of success:          

Parent’s guide to student success:

"With this bill, we reaffirm that fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of race, income, background, the zip code where they live, deserves the chance to make of their lives what they will."

— President Barack Obama

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA),signed into law in December 2015, is the latest reauthorization of one of the mostinfluential pieces of federal education legislation, the Elementary and SecondaryEducation Act (ESEA). The law had not been reauthorized since 2001 when the
No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was signed, and ESSA is the result of significant bipartisan effort to move beyond
temporary waivers from NCLB’s provisions.
The new law maintains many of the same basic components as past iterations, such as state plans and report cards, but the bipartisan bill also responds to many of the common complaints about NCLB by offering states greater flexibility and control over education policy.

Parents and their children are the consumers of our nation’s public education system, and parents have always been essential partners in education. However, they haven’t always been included at the decision-making table. This has caused confusion, mistrust and backlash when new initiatives— whether at the federal, state or local level—have been considered and implemented. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides a unique opportunity for parents and families to give their input and to hold states and districts accountable for their children’s educational experience.

CCRI Resources:

6 keys to engaging families in ESSA;

ESSA Overview

No child left behind vs ESSA

Family engagement in ESSA 

What does this law mean for my child



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