Alarming Stats about our Nation and Schools

As most all our kids head back to school this week and next, here are some alarming performance indicators about our Nation and schools:

•       In 4th grade, American students scored above the international average in Mathematics.

•       By 8th grade, they dropped below the international average, and by 12th grade, our kids only outscored South Africa and Cyprus.

•       By age 4, there is an 18-month academic gap between an impoverished child and his wealthier peers.

•       In 2011, only 1 of 4 graduating seniors were prepared for college coursework.

•       75% of high school seniors were unfamiliar with basic facts about American government.

•       30% of all public high school students in the U.S. don’t graduate, and 32% of the 70% that do graduate aren’t college-ready.

•       A U.S. high school student drops out every 26 seconds.

•       Spending per student has tripled since 1970 and doubled since 1980 but achievement levels have stayed the same.

Have a great and productive school year.  We have lots of work to do.

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