Far too often, the nation’s young people lack the skills that American companies look for to allow them to compete in a global economy. The skills deficit is particularly noticeable in science and math, as well as the ability to work in teams, think creatively, or to interact effectively.
Facing fiscal crises, some states are developing new education "policies" that are, in reality, merely cloaks for political expediency.
LITERACY, ADEQUACY, AND EQUITY: Alliance Hosts First Annual Invitational Conference on American High School Policy ArticleNovember 19, 2003
Far too many of our nation's middle and high school students are in trouble. A quarter of them read considerably below grade level. Thirty percent of them drop out of school before graduation.
After years of neglect, our nation’s high schools are gaining notice from policymakers, grant makers, the media, and a concerned public. A number of factors have combined to help focus attention on the millions of secondary school students who are at risk of not graduating from high school, or of graduating unprepared for college and a rewarding career.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HOSTS HIGH SCHOOL CONFERENCE: Paige Offers Strong Rhetoric, But No New Initiatives ArticleOctober 20, 2003
Unless improvements are made, American students will not be competitive with students in other countries, dooming future generations to less opportunity, greater levels of poverty, and further disparities in health status.
ONE IN THREE NOT ‘COLLEGE READY’: Report Finds Two-Thirds of All High School Graduates Are Not Prepared for College ArticleOctober 06, 2003
A new report based on data from the U.S. Department of Education finds that only 70 percent of all high school students graduate on time and only 32 percent leave high school "college ready."
AMERICANS WANT A LARGER FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION: Committee for Education Funding Releases New Poll ArticleSeptember 22, 2003
Eighty-one percent of participants in a recent poll responded that the federal government should increase funding for education programs and 85 percent of participants thought this investment should be "more than five cents of every dollar it spends."
RETHINKING HIGH SCHOOL: Aspen Institute Report Finds Lessons for High School Reform in Four Model States ArticleSeptember 22, 2003
A new report from the Aspen Institute that examines successful high school reform efforts currently underway in four states
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has introduced legislation that would reform the nation's secondary schools through a new focus on adolescent literacy, academic counselors, and a new grant program.
Highest New York Court Requires “Meaningful High School Education”: Court Declares School Funding System Unconstitutional ArticleJuly 07, 2003
Recently the New York Court of Appeals, the State's highest court, ruled that a "high school level education is now all but indispensable" to prepare students to compete for jobs that enable them to support themselves.