Bob Wise, President Of The Alliance For Excellent Education, Reacts To “The Condition Of Education 2007,”
Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, issued the following statement in reaction to the release of the Institute of Education Sciences report The Condition of Education 2007, which found that, on average, America’s high school graduates have increased the number of credits they earn, up from 21.7 in 1982 to 25.8 in 2004:
“More students may be earning more credits, but the question remains as to what they are learning. The fact is that two-thirds of the nation’s eighth graders read below grade level, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. This means they are going to start high school without the basic skills needed to master the more advanced coursework. If they are taking more courses, but not gaining in reading ability, then we have to ask ourselves whether the quality of the education we are providing our young people is truly preparing them for success.
“America’s high schools are in crisis – dropout rates are alarmingly high and those who remain in school are not all receiving the high-quality education that will provide economic stability for themselves and the nation. There’s much that can and must be done. Academic standards in high schools must align with college requirements. All students must be held to higher standards across the board. And all students should receive the resources and support to make sure they succeed.”
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.
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