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Most Improved States

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Below is an indicator from each of the national education goals. The states and jurisdictions are ranked in order of improvement, from left to right.

The report is available for free from the National Education Goals Panel, 1255 22nd St., N.W., Suite 502, Washington, DC 20037; (202) 724- 0015. It is also on the World Wide Web at www.negp.gov/reports/99 rpt.pdf. (Requires Adobe's Acrobat Reader.)

GOAL 1: READY TO LEARN
States that made the greatest gains in the numbers of children with disabilities enrolled in preschool (per 1,000 3- to 5-year olds):

West Virginia,Arkansas, New Mexico,Kansas,Kentucky,Maine.

GOAL 2: SCHOOL COMPLETION
States that made the greatest gains in the percentages of 18- to 24-years-olds with a high school credential:

Tennessee, Maryland, Michigan, South Carolina, California.

GOAL 3: STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND CITIZENSHIP
States that made the greatest gains in the percentages of public school 4th graders who scored at or above "proficient" in reading:

Connecticut, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Virgin Islands.

GOAL 4: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
States that made the greatest gains in the percentages of public school teachers who reported that during their first year of teaching they participated in a formal teacher-induction program to help beginning teachers by assigning them to a master or mentor teacher:

North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New York, Indiana, Virginia.

GOAL 5: MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE
States that made the greatest gains in the percentages of degrees earned by all students that were awarded in mathematics or science:

Wyoming, Arizona, Mississippi, West Virginia, Connecticut, Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee.

GOAL 6: LIFELONG LEARNING
States that made the greatest gains in the percentages of high school graduates who immediately enrolled in two-year or four-year colleges in any state:

District of Columbia, California, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Delaware.

GOAL 7: SAFE, DISCIPLINED, AND ALCOHOL- AND DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS
States that made the greatest reductions in the percentages of public high school students reporting that they carried a weapon such as a gun, knife, or club on school property at least once during the past 30 days:

North Carolina, American Samoa, South Carolina, Wisconsin.

GOAL 8: PARENTAL PARTICIPATION
States that made the greatest reductions in the percentages of public school teachers reporting that lack of parental involvement in their schools is a serious problem:

No state made a significant improvement between 1991 and 1994.

The report is available for free from the National Education Goals Panel, 1255 22nd St., N.W., Suite 502, Washington, DC 20037; (202) 724- 0015. It is also on the World Wide Web at http://www.negp.gov/reports/99 rpt.pdf. (Requires Adobe's Acrobat Reader.)

SOURCE: National Education Goals Panel



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