It is so bad that it threatens our economy and our Nat'L Security.
Poor academic performance has a
direct and serious impact on students' adult life. Dropouts are more
likely to become and stay jobless, will enjoy dramatically lower
lifetime earnings, and are far more likely to be unemployed and
ACHIEVEMENT GAP = The
huge difference in academic performance between students from different
economic circumstances and racial/ethnic backgrounds.
EXAMPLES OF THE PROBLEMS:
By 4th grade, Black and Latino students are on average nearly 3 years behind their white and Asian counterparts.
Barely half of African-American and
Latino students graduate from high school, with African American
students graduating at 55%, Latinos at 58%, and their white counterparts