Our education system has stagnated for too long, holding on to the standards of an outdated economy.
As we enter the summer months, education leaders aren’t resting. Local districts are preparing for—and welcoming—more challenging academic standards for students.
All children deserve to have a system that sets them up for success in life. Americans support their education system at a globally high level but do not receive globally competitive results in return.
Despite a still-recovering economy, in one industry alone, there are hundreds of thousands of open, good-wage jobs employers want to fill, but can’t because of a dramatic shortage of qualified candidates.
As the movement to raise academic standards gains momentum in states across the nation, take a moment to read the latest on what people are really saying about this initiative.
Some states are serious, others Shirley when it comes to education reform.
John Chubb and Constance Clark have a very interesting new study out from Education Sector called The New State Achievement Gap: How NCLB Waivers Could Make it Worse or Better.
For every 100 ninth graders, 70 will go on to graduate high school. Forty-four of these men and women will enter college, and just 30 will return for their sophomore year. Only 21 will earn a degree within six years.
Part II has arrived and Professor Shanahan shares additional thoughts on whether retention can improve student reading achievement. One of his statements worth highlighting:
Existing state standards across our country are deceiving our children. They allow functionally illiterate students to earn high school diplomas and they are not aligned to what the real world expects and requires of individuals, especially in the competitive 21st century economy.
This blunt statement may have shocked some, but it came as no surprise to the many intimately involved in education in the U.S. today – parents, teachers, students, local and state leaders, the business community, and countless others.