It’s working! After years of pushing for higher academic standards that actually prepare students to be successful in college and the workplace, we have yet another indicator that says we are making real progress.
What can parents do in order to have more say in where their children attend school?
Recently, the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores were released amidst little fanfare and much handwringing. With an overall decline in student performance in both reading and math, the scores were hardly a cause for celebration.
The new Every Student Succeeds Act wisely returns to the states much of the authority for directing school improvement that the federal government had assumed in the past 15 years. Some states are ready to roll, but plenty are searching for potential role models.
At the U.S. Chamber, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) called education “the closest thing to magic in America.” It pulls people out of poverty and puts them on the path of the American Dream, while lifting up the country at the same time.
Our country has taken considerable strides toward racial equality in recent decades, but one area where we still fall well short -- where a child’s race still plays a role in determining the opportunities he or she has to succeed -- is our nation’s education system.