The facts speak for themselves:
X One-third of elementary and middle school students are below grade level expectations in such basic subjects as math and reading. More than half perform below national standards.
X The percentage of schools meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards for No Child Left Behind fell to 45 percent in 2007. By contrast, the national average was 74 percent.
X SAT scores for
X White and Asian-American students continue to score consistently higher than Hispanic and African-American students on standardized tests.
X More than 50 percent of African-American students are performing below grade level in math and reading.
X Only 69.5 percent of
X The state is under a court order (Leandro v. State) to redress problems at 20 chronically underperforming schools or find new schools for the affected students.
Success: We need schools that recognize that students – as well as employers in
Accountability: We need a public school system that is truly accountable to parents and citizens.
Access: We need diverse educational opportunities that give students access to programs and schools tailored to individual needs.