Need For Change in Education

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Need For Change in Education

  1. 1. Need for Urgent Change in American Education<br />Veronica Nicole Amason<br />University of Houston-Victoria<br />
  2. 2. We need to reexamine our role in the education of our students<br />
  3. 3. Teachers must move from a culture of isolation…<br />
  4. 4. …to a culture of collaboration<br />
  5. 5. We must do this to prepare our students to be competitive in a global market<br />
  6. 6. Do we really need to change?<br />
  7. 7. Let’s examine our current progress<br />
  8. 8. At CHS, we have commendable TAKS scores.<br />Math 80% <br /> Science 82%<br /> Social Studies 92% <br /> ELA 92%<br />The results show a gain of 16% overall.<br />
  9. 9. However, we are measuringour success using a state instrument mandated by TEA<br />
  10. 10. How do our students compare to others in our nation?<br />
  11. 11. NAEP Test<br />The percentage of students in Texas who performed at or above the NAEP Basiclevel was 73 percent in 2009. <br />The percentage of students in Texas who performed at or above the NAEP Proficientlevel was 27 percent in 2009. <br />http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/stt2009/2010460TX8.pdf<br />
  12. 12. The percentage of fourth graders in the nation scoring at or above Proficientin 2009 was 33%. <br />http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/<br />
  13. 13. In 2009, the average score in Texas was lower than those in 32 states/jurisdictions .<br />http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/stt2009/2010460TX8.pdf<br />
  14. 14. Equity in Education?<br />In 2009, Black students had an average score that was 25 points lower than that of White students. <br />In 2009, Hispanic students had an average score that was 22 points lower than that of White students. <br />In 2009, students who were eligible for free/reduced-price school lunch, an indicator of low income, had an average score that was 23 points lower than that of students who were not eligible for free/reduced-price school lunch. <br />http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/stt2009/2010460TX8.pdf<br />
  15. 15. These performance gaps were not significantly different from those in 1998! There is a need for change!<br />http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/stt2009/2010460TX8.pdf<br />
  16. 16. How Do Our High School Students Compare With Others in the Nation?<br />
  17. 17. SAT Scores<br />Texas is #49 in verbal SAT scores in the nation (493) and #46 in average math SAT scores (502). <br />http://www.window.state.tx.us/comptrol/wwstand/wws0512ed/<br />
  18. 18. Texas is #36 in the nation in high school graduation rates (68%).<br />http://www.window.state.tx.us/comptrol/wwstand/wws0512ed/<br />
  19. 19. Texas is #50 in the nation with the percentage of Texans with a high school diploma (Only 78.3 percent of Texans 25 years of age and older had a high school diploma in 2004)<br />http://www.window.state.tx.us/comptrol/wwstand/wws0512ed/<br />
  20. 20. Are We Pushing Our Students to Achieve?<br />The percentage of graduates taking one calculus level course is 16%<br />The percentage of graduates taking one advanced science course is 18%<br />http://nationsreportcard.gov/reading_2009/<br />
  21. 21. Out of Texas’ 145 public and private higher education institutions, only one private institution, Rice University, ranked among the nation’s top 50. <br />http://www.window.state.tx.us/comptrol/wwstand/wws0512ed/<br />
  22. 22. Texas is #35 with the percentage of population 25 years or older with a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2004 (24.5%)<br />http://www.window.state.tx.us/comptrol/wwstand/wws0512ed/<br />
  23. 23. We Are Not Showing Growth<br />The average prose and document literacy scores of U.S. adults were not measurably different in 2003 from 1992. <br />The average prose and document literacy scores of 16-18 year olds decreased 3% in 2003 from 1992.<br />http://nationsreportcard.gov/reading_2009/<br />
  24. 24. How do compare Globally?<br /> THE WORLD'S BEST AND WORST IN 8TH-GRADE MATH<br />Percentage of U.S. eighth-graders testing at or above proficient in math in our highest ranking state:<br />51% Massachusetts <br />Countries that did better on a comparable test:<br />Singapore<br />73%<br />Hong Kong<br />66%<br />Korea<br />65%<br />Taiwan <br />61%<br />Japan<br />57%<br />http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-11-13-student-study_N.htm<br />
  25. 25. Results from a 2003 Adult Literacy and Life skills study showed that U.S. adults were outperformed by adults in Norway, Bermuda, Canada, and Switzerland, or 4 of the 5 countries participating.<br />http://nationsreportcard.gov/reading_2009/<br />
  26. 26. In China, students take physics, chemistry, and biology every year in high school.<br />http://www.foundationsofphysicalscience.org<br />
  27. 27. Students go to school at about 6 in the morning and return at about 6 in the afternoon. Then, they eat dinner and go back to school until about 10 at night. This adds up to about 14 to 15 hours of school and constant studying.<br />http://www.foundationsofphysicalscience.org<br />
  28. 28. US has lower HS graduation rates than other developed nations along with a greater penalty for not graduating<br />lower university completion rates<br />greater financial incentive to graduate college.<br />http://academicbiz.typepad.com/piloted/2007/10/us-education-co.html<br />
  29. 29. Our Poverty Rates are Climbing<br />http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/<br />
  30. 30. While The Poverty Gap Widens<br />In the United States, the richest 10 percent earn an average of$93,000<br />The poorest 10% earn an average of $5,800<br />http://streetsideinvestor.com/index.php/2008/10/21/gap-growing-among-the-rich-and-poor/<br />
  31. 31. We need to reculture our school in order to and raise the bar for our students.<br />
  32. 32. We must reshape our vision of leadership<br />
  33. 33. By empowering teachers to become instructional leaders.<br />
  34. 34. PLCs<br />Professional Learning Communities work together to create a shared vision of student expectations<br />
  35. 35. PLCs<br />Teachers work together to align curriculum, instruction and assessment to ensure the relevancy and rigor will prepare our students to be competitive in a global market.<br />
  36. 36. PLCs will be the driving force to address the urgent need for change in education.<br />

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