The state of US education

Everyone should read Education Spin from Looking into the President’s speech regarding the state of US education, the Annenberg folks found:

  • The high school dropout rate hasn’t “tripled in the past 30 years.” According to the DOE, it has declined by a third.
  • Eighth grade math scores haven’t “fallen” to ninth place compared to other countries. US scores have climbed to that ranking from 28th place in 1995.
  • Regarding the goal of “having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world” by 2020 … the US is currently second only to Norway in the percentage of adults with a 4-year bachelor’s degree – and trails by only 1 percentage point.

Worth reading.

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