What we know
rates recently decreasing
change in student/teacher ratio
change in number of 11th grade students meeting minimum high
to higher education shows little recent change
we don't know
We can test students on reading, writing, and arithmetic. We
do not have information on characteristics that are harder to
test for, including the ability to work with others, to think
in innovative ways, and whether students care about being productive
members of society.
We have no consistently available measures of disparities in
the education received by students from rich and poor families,
of different genders, and from different ethnic groups.
To sustain our quality of life, it is imperative that our children
are taught to understand the basic systems that support us:
the economy, the environment, government, and society. We currently
have no way to measure how well our children are taught what
they need to know to manage these systems.
There is currently no comprehensive means of tracking lifelong
education. Given the quickening pace of economic change, it
appears that continuing education long past traditional graduations
will become more important.