Graduation rates of southern states
seem to be hurting while northern
states are more successful …
sometimes as much as 20% more
What states would you want your
child to attend school?
Texas graduation rate is a mere 65.3%
(compared to the Nation 69.2%)
Amer. Indian 51.7%
Of the 65.3% of Texas graduates, 78% of
those students attend college …
And half of the students who begin college
This means that less than 1 in 4
HS students ever attain a
34% of all US 4th graders &
43% of all US 8th graders
scored below basic
achievement levels on the US
Dept. of Education’s most
recent national report card.
Adopt National Standards to help
Children Compete – Chron.com
Among college Freshman,
30% need remedial Science
and Math classes.
Poverty in America
In 2006, nearly 37 million people
Americans lived in poverty; 12.8 million
were under the age of 18.
Is education the cure for poverty?
Poverty in America
Children of poor families are up to six
times more likely to drop out than wealthy
School budgets are tied to property taxes,
therefore schools in poor neighborhoods
often receive about half as much money
per student than schools in affluent
But we must be Proactive!
From Poverty to Prosperity: A National
Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half
By The Center for American Progress Task Force on Poverty
Connect disadvantaged and disconnected
youth with school and work.
Simplify and expand Pell Grants.
Make higher education
accessible to residents of
In a 2007 report, U.S.
15-year-olds ranked 21st
among students across
30 developing nations.
Top 20 Countries in Math, Science & Reading
Can you find an American Flag???
On the on the Programme for International Student Assessment, from Adopt National
Standards to help Children Compete – Chron.com
Old Glory failed
to make the top 20 …
The study included only 30 countries.
equivalent of 5
more years in
Math Scores - TIMSS
Given to 4th & 8th graders in 58
Countries, Asian students top the
TIMSS scores again with the top 5
countries in 8th math being:
1.Tai Pei, China
2.Republic of Korea
4.Hong Kong SAR
(Trends in International Mathematics & Science Study)
“We know that they (American
Students) will no longer just compete
for good jobs with children from
Indiana, but children from India and
China and all over the world.”
“The people who
- Robert Keich,
Former US Secretary of Labor
“America is the one country in the
world that doesn’t recognize that it’s
in competition for the great minds and
capital of the world”
Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)
System is Desperate ….
and we must recognize
the huge need for change
“In a global economy where the
most valuable skill you can sell is
your knowledge, a good
education is no longer just a
pathway to opportunity -- it is a
- President Barack Obama