America’s K-12 students are not achieving the academic results we want them or need them to, and the evidence has piled up for a good number of years.
America’s ranking on international assessment tests lags behind a good dozen or more nations in math, science and reading.
We’ve gone from No. 1 in high school graduation to 22nd among industrialized nations. Fewer than half of our students complete college, meaning we now rank 14th among industrialized nations. Last month, the ACT company reported that one-third of students who took the 2013 test are not prepared for college-level writing, biology, algebra or social science classes.