Report | March 19, 2015

Why Education Standards are Crucial for the U.S. Military

Three reasons why high academic standards and assessments will ensure that there will be well-educated adults who are eligible to join the military

While you don’t often hear the words “national security” and “State Career and College Ready Standards” in the same sentence, there are three key reasons why they are clearly linked.

  1. High academic standards and aligned assessments are vital for ensuring there will be well-educated individuals who are prepared to defend the nation. While North Carolina, Florida and Georgia have proud histories of serving in the military, about 72 percent of 17- to 24-year-olds in those three states are ineligible for military service, many a result of inadequate education.
  2. Military families depend on consistent standards for students who typically attend schools in many different districts during their K-12 years.
  3. The continued implementation of these standards may impact states’ ability to retain their military bases.

These reports explain why the Career and College Ready Standards are critical to an educational experience that prepares young people to meet the demands of the 21st century economy and military.