A By the year 2000, all children in America will start school ready to learn.
B. By the year 2000, the high school graduation rate will increase to at least 90 percent.
C. By the year 2000, American students will leave grades 4, 8, and 12 having demonstrated competency in challenging subject matters, including English, mathematics, science, history, and geography. In addition, every school in America will ensure that all students learn to use their minds, in order to prepare them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment in a modern economy.
D. By the year 2000, American students will be first in the world in mathematics and science achievement.
E. By the year 2000, every adult American will be literate and will possess the skills necessary to compete in a global economy and to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
F. By the year 2000, every school in America will be free of drugs and violence and will offer a disciplined environment conducive to learning.
How Likely Are They To Be Met?
Goal Very Likely Likely Unlikely Very Unlikely Don’t Know
A 12% 38% 33% 12% 5%
B 10% 35% 37% 12% 6%
C 9% 38% 36% 12% 5%
D 6% 23% 41% 24% 6%
E 7% 25% 42% 21% 5%
F 5% 14% 40% 36% 5%
A version of this article appeared in the November 01, 1990 edition of Teacher as Meeting The National Goals