A Look at the Education Crisis: Tests, Standards, and the Future of American Education

A Look at the Education Crisis: Tests, Standards, and the Future of American Education. Center for American Progress. Ulrich Boser et al. January 26, 2016.

In many ways standards-based school reform is at a crossroads. On one side, the movement has made tremendous strides. A solid body of data demonstrates that the standards-based reform movement has shown success in raising student outcomes. In some areas, outcome indicators are on the rise. Over the past two decades, for instance, the number of students of color performing at grade level in reading and math has more than doubled in elementary and middle school. Meanwhile, high school graduation rates are the highest they have ever been: 81 percent of the class of 2013 received their diploma within four years. But clearly much work remains. Achievement gaps in many subject areas remain large, according to the authors. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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