Competition for jobs is increasing thanks to an ever-growing global economy. Today's students are preparing for jobs that, in some cases, do not yet exist. In order to ensure students' college and career readiness, the K-12 and higher education systems must be strengthened, according to a policy paper from New America, a non-partisan think tank.

Citing low student engagement, high dropout rates and gaping opportunity differences between high-income and low-income groups, New America's Education Policy program identified a list of 10 essential education policy actions for the Trump administration, Congress, and state and local policymakers.