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American Diploma Project
The American Diploma Project (ADP) is an initiative taking place in 34 states to raise expectations and standards for all students so that a high school diploma will mean that graduates are prepared to succeed in college or in a high-performance workplace. It is a culmination of a nationwide, standards-based education reform movement that has continued for nearly 2 decades through the efforts of state and business leaders. This entry describes the origin, the evolution, the goals, and the status of ADP, including the development of an end-of-course exam for Algebra II. ADP was established in 2001 by three nonprofit education reform organizations (Achieve, Inc., the Education Trust, and the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation) and by a business association (the National Alliance for Business), all of which had been advocates for raising academic expectations and standards in elementary and secondary schools. Achieve, the lead implementing agency for the ADP, is ...