Blog: The Educated Reporter

Stream of Released Reports Enables Public Schools to Re-evaluate Academic Programs

Monday’s influx of data reports led education administrators and policy makers to the inescapable conclusion of closing the education gaps among low-performing students.  The approach to enhancing the K-12 educational experience for students is one that has been echoed through federal efforts such as, “Race to the Top” and data published through Common Core Standards.Inherently, such data has generated America’s public schools to seriously begin adopting practical methods that will reshape and measure the effectiveness of a secondary education and its impact on students entering the collegiate realm and also, the workforce.

U.S Department of Education Regulatory High School Graduation Rates Provisional Data

After the U.S. Department of Education released it first time ever data profile on Monday, capturing a state-by-state graduation rate among high school students, public schools have already reconsidered their approach to producing students who are both “college-ready,” but more importantly “work-ready.”  With Iowa ranking as the top state to graduate the most high school students, it became evident which regions were in need of academic remediation. 

In addition to separating the graduation rates among states, the Department of Education also outlined the glaring gaps of educational achievement among racial and social groups. 

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan identifies this data as a measuring point for education reform.  “Ultimately, these data will help states target support to ensure more students graduate on time, college and career ready,” Duncan commented.

Report Finds Trends in Economic Growth and Minority Student Educational Advancement

The Alliance for Excellent Education also released a report on Monday, identifying the key to economic growth will rely heavily on providing adequate education to lower-achieving students, especially those students of color.  The Alliance revealed findings where blacks and Hispanics had the lowest education backgrounds and respectively incurred the highest unemployment rates.  In retrospect to the impact on the economy, the Alliance predicted that through educating traditionally disadvantaged students, participation in the economy could increase and benefit its future growth.  For example, research on behalf of this report indicates that if 90 percent of the class of 2011 graduated from high school, there would be 750,000 additional graduates that would added to the workforce, creating 470,000 new jobs and circulating $9 billion in annual salary earnings.

 Alliance President Bob Wise noted, “The country’s strategy must shift to eliminating achievement gaps that hold students of color back from achieving their full potential as wage earners.”

As the data around achievement measures and gaps in education continue to circulate, America’s public schools can become more strategic in investing into a competent society and workforce.


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