About the Coalition


The Business Coalition for Student Achievement – representing business leaders from every sector of the economy – believes that improving the performance of the K-12 education system in the United States is necessary to provide a strong foundation for both U.S. competitiveness and for individuals to succeed in our rapidly changing world. 

As employers, we understand the important role that the U.S. business community has to play in ensuring that the American education system prepares our youth to meet the challenges of higher education and the workplace. We are committed to working with all stakeholders – policymakers, educators, parents and students – on this essential task. 

The coalition views the No Child Left Behind Act, despite its shortcomings, as having rightly held schools accountable for all students and having focused the nation on achievement gaps throughout the country. We are committed to working with Congress, the Administration and state leaders to ensure that the next iteration of NCLB at the federal level as well as state policy, including waivers granted from NCLB, do not retreat from accountability but are designed to raise student achievement and close achievement gaps.

Ensuring that all students graduate academically prepared for college, citizenship and the 21st century workplace – there is perhaps no greater job the U.S. business community can undertake.  If you are interested in learning more, please .

The Business Coalition for Student Achievement is co-chaired by Craig R. Barrett, Chairman of Intel, William (Bill) D. Green, Chairman and CEO of Accenture, and Edward B. Rust Jr., Chairman and CEO of State Farm.  The Coalition is coordinated by Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.