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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.
U.S. Chamber Foundation and NAACP Partnership on The Path Forward: Improving Opportunities for African-American Students
Remarks by Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
December 10, 2015 | Washington, DC
Nearly a decade ago, I worked with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to develop the first report in an ongoing series comparing how states stack up when it comes to education.
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.
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.
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.
‘The Path Forward’ Evaluates K–12 African-American Student Achievement Across All 50 States and the District of Columbia