Education A National Roundup

U.S. Chamber to Rank State School Systems in New Reform Push

By Ann Bradley — January 10, 2006 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said last week that his organization plans to get into the school reform business by measuring and ranking the performance of state school systems.

Thomas J. Donohue, in his Jan. 4 “state of American business” press briefing highlighting trends for 2006, said the Washington-based business organization has tended to stay out of efforts to improve schools at the local and state levels.

But the need to ensure an adequate supply of workers and the increased economic competition from countries with increasingly well-educated workforces, such as China and India, have changed chamber officials’ thinking.

“The bottom line is that this nation cannot rightfully expect to lead the 21st century’s information-technology-driven global economy when we have upwards of 30 percent of our young people not graduating from high school,” Mr. Donohue said.

The chamber will “measure and rank” state school systems and disseminate the findings widely to the business community, investors, the press, and the public, he said, in the hope of galvanizing improvement and bringing more resources and empowerment to low-performing schools.

Events

School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Get a Strong Start to the New School Year
Get insights and actions from Education Week journalists and expert guests on how to start the new school year on strong footing.
Reading & Literacy Webinar A Roadmap to Multisensory Early Literacy Instruction: Accelerate Growth for All Students 
How can you develop key literacy skills with a diverse range of learners? Explore best practices and tips to meet the needs of all students. 
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
College & Workforce Readiness Webinar
Supporting 21st Century Skills with a Whole-Child Focus
What skills do students need to succeed in the 21st century? Explore the latest strategies to best prepare students for college, career, and life.
Content provided by Panorama Education

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: July 13, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 15, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 8, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 1, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read