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  • 1. 3 out of 10 students will not graduate from High School
  • 2. 69.2%
  • 3. Diploma Count  Graduation rates of southern states seem to be hurting while northern states are more successful … sometimes as much as 20% more effective.  What states would you want your child to attend school?
  • 4. Diploma Count Probably not Texas …
  • 5.  Texas graduation rate is a mere 65.3% (compared to the Nation 69.2%)  White 75.7%  Females 68.9%  Males 61.7%  Hispanic 56.3%  Black 52.7%  Amer. Indian 51.7%
  • 6.  Of the 65.3% of Texas graduates, 78% of those students attend college …  And half of the students who begin college never finish. This means that less than 1 in 4 HS students ever attain a bachelor’s degree.
  • 7.  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
  • 8. Among college Freshman, 30% need remedial Science and Math classes.
  • 9. 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? Dosomething.org
  • 10. Poverty in America  Children of poor families are up to six times more likely to drop out than wealthy children.  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 neighborhoods. Dosomething.org
  • 11. EDUCATION is the SOLUTION to POVERTY
  • 12. 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 each state. http://www.americanprogress.org
  • 13. In a 2007 report, U.S. 15-year-olds ranked 21st among students across 30 developing nations.
  • 14. 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
  • 15. Old Glory failed to make the top 20 … The study included only 30 countries.
  • 16. Chinese students spend the equivalent of 5 more years in school than American students
  • 17. Math Scores - TIMSS 2007 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 3.Singapore 4.Hong Kong SAR 5.Japan (Trends in International Mathematics & Science Study)
  • 18. “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.” -Barack Obama
  • 19. WE MUST FOCUS ON BECOMING GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE
  • 20. “The people who are potentially losing their competitive edge are Americans.” - Robert Keich, Former US Secretary of Labor
  • 21. “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” -Tim Draper, Founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)
  • 22. America’s Education System is Desperate …. and we must recognize the huge need for change
  • 23. “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 prerequisite.” - President Barack Obama

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