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22 EDUCATION WEEK n APRIL 24, 2013 n COMMENTARY 30 A 25 Nation 30 RISK 20 Percent at 20.7 percent 15 10 YEARS LATER 5 0 Where Are We Now? 1959 1965 1970 1980 1975 1985 1995 1990 2000 2005 2009 SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau 100 PERCENTAGE OF ENROLLED P-12 PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS BY RACE AND ETHNICITY 80 1990 67 2000 2010 61 60 Percent 54 40 23 17 17 20 15 17 12 6 4 8 0 White Hispanic Black Other* * Includes all students who identified themselves as being Asian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native, Pacific Islander, American Indian, or two or more races. SOURCES: U.S. Department of Commerce; Census Bureau COURSETAKING TRENDS Percent at or Above Standard According to the NCES, high school graduates in 1990 earned an average of 23.6 credits; by 2009, the number of credits earned climbed to 27.2, and graduating students completed 400 more hours of instructional time than their 1990 counterparts. Percent Below Standard T his week marks the 30th anniversary of the release of A Nation at Risk by the National Commission on Excellence in Education formed by U.S. Secretary of Education Terrel H. Bell. The landmark report declared that “the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and a people.” Pointing to what it said were flagging test scores, diluted curricula, and weak teacher-preparation programs, among other issues, A Nation at Risk argued that an “incoherent, outdated patchwork quilt” of instruction was creating a culture of passive learning in which students could advance with minimum effort. The commission recommended “five new basics” for students seeking a high school diploma: four courses in English, three in mathematics, three in science, three in social studies, and one-half credit in computer science. Two courses in foreign language were proposed for students planning on attending college. Other recommendations included taking steps to improve teacher quality, allowing for more classroom time devoted to the new basics, increasing academic rigor, and raising standards for college admission. A catalyst for the academic-standards movement, the report was widely circulated and its findings strongly influenced policymakers and opinion leaders. But it was not without its detractors. Among the criticisms leveled against the authors was a lack of attention to K-8 education, a dearth of sourcing for the cited statistics, and a failure to identify root causes of education problems. Here is a look at comparative data on selected aspects of American education over the decades since the report, highlighting academic, demographic, and other trends. n > > Read more of Education Week’s news and opinion coverage of A Nation at Risk, both current and archival. 10* 6* 26* 9* 60* 13 41* 46 17 16 32* 33* 34* * Significantly different from 2009. 36* 12* 13 13 49* 44* Rigorous Midlevel Standard Below standard 25 10* 9* 5* 41* Note: Details may not equal total because of rounding. SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics 50.8 1990 ’94 High School Graduation Year ’98 ’00 ’05 ’09 6.4 2.0 1870 POVERTY RATES FOR CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 18 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - April 24, 2013

Education Week - April 24, 2013
Union Sues Over Basis of Appraisal
In San Antonio, Pre-K Initiative Sets Steep Goals
New Teachers Search for Place in New Orleans
FOCUS ON: CAREER READINESS: States Seek High School Pathways Weaving Academic, Career Options
News in Brief
Report Roundup
PARCC Proposes Common-Core Test Accommodations
Some States Seek GED Alternative as Test Price Spikes
Blogs of the Week
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Online Socialization Is Hot Topic Among Researchers
Overhaul of the E-Rate Seen as a High Priority by FCC Commissioner
Comments Weighed on Vending Machine, ‘A La Carte’ Proposals
Corralling Local Support Still a Challenge
FOCUS ON: CAREER READINESS: Swiss Academic, Career Paths Designed to Cross
Obama’s Proposed Fix on Student Loans Ruffles Allies
Head Start Officials Tight-Lipped on Which Centers to Lose Aid
Policy Brief
Legislative Briefs
School Safety Legislation: A Tally by State
LAUREN BLAIR ARONSON: Advice to TFA From a Former Insider
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace

Education Week - April 24, 2013