On March 11, 2009, the U.S. Army Accession Command and NASBE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the purpose of improving the educational experiences, graduation rates and postsecondary preparedness of the Nation’s high school students, particularly those in underperforming schools. The five areas of collaboration listed in the MOU are:
- Comprehensive post-secondary planning, including Army/military service
- JROTC and its tenets as a pertinent curriculum model in the context of NASBE’s high school redesign project, particularly in the areas of fitness and obesity prevention and reducing dropout rates
- U.S. Army career planning and assessment tools (e.g., the ASVAB) and test preparation tools (e.g., March2Success)
- Army ROTC scholarships as an avenue for educating the Nation’s teachers, addressing future critical shortages, particularly in the areas of science and math
- Other future areas of collaboration, in keeping with shared objectives of improving the educational experience, preparedness and graduation rates of the nation’s students.
The NASBE/Army MOU
NASBE had two major initiatives that addressed the areas of collaboration listed above. These projects – the Common Ground study Group Report, and the Military edition of the State Education Standard, provide the foundation of a cooperative framework for the Army and NASBE to increase collaboration in supporting the nation’s young people and improving the educational experiences, next state preparedness, and graduation rates of the nation’s high school students.
In addition to these core projects, NASBE has participated in the Army’s Strong Students, Strong Futures, Strong Nation conferences at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina in 2008 and 2009.
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