Education Goals: How We Score

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Following are the eight national education goals included in the Goals 2000: Educate America Act. As of this year, at the halfway point between the 1990 adoption of the majority of the goals and 2000, the nation has made only modest progress in reaching them. This chart uses 1990 as a baseline and a variety of indicators under each goal to assess that progress.

^  Indicates significant progress.
v  Indicates falling further behind.
-- Indicates no discernible change in performance.

Goal 1: Ready To Learn.

By the year 2000, all children in America will start school ready to learn.

Children's health index                      ^
Immunizations                              N/A
Family-child reading and storytelling        v
Preschool participation                     --

Goal 2: School Completion.

By the year 2000, the high school graduation rate will increase to at least 90 percent.

High school completion                      --

Goal 3: Student Achievement and Citizenship.

By the year 2000, all students will leave grades 4, 8, and 12 having demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter including English, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography, and every school in America will ensure that all students learn to use their minds well, so they may be prepared for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment in our nation's modern economy.

Reading achievement*
   Grade 4                                  --
   Grade 8                                  --
   Grade 12                                  v
Writing achievement                        N/A
Mathematics achievement
   Grade 4                                   ^
   Grade 8                                   ^
   Grade 12                                 --
History achievement                        N/A
Geography achievement                      N/A

Goal 4: Teacher Education and Professional Development.

By the year 2000, the nation's teaching force will have access to programs for the continued improvement of their professional skills and the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to instruct and prepare all American students for the next century.

Teacher preparation                          v
Teacher professional development           N/A

Goal 5: Mathematics and Science.

By the year 2000, U.S. students will be the first in the world in mathematics and science achievement.

International mathematics achievement      N/A
International science achievement          N/A
Mathematics and science degrees
   All students                              ^
   Minority students                        --
   Female students                           ^

Goal 6: Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning.

By the year 2000, every adult American will be literate and will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in a global economy and exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Adult literacy                             N/A
Participation in adult education             v
Participation in higher education           --

Goal 7: Safe, Disciplined, and Alcohol- and Drug-Free Schools.

By the year 2000, every school in the United States will be free of drugs, violence, and the unauthorized presence of firearms and alcohol and will offer a disciplined environment conducive to learning.

Overall student drug and alcohol use
   Using any illicit drug                    v
   Using alcohol                            --
Sale of drugs at school                      v
Student and teacher victimization
   As reported by 10th-grade students        ^
   As reported by public school teachers     v
Disruptions in class by students
   As reported by 10th-grade students       --
   As reported by secondary school teachers  v

Goal 8: Parental Participation.

By the year 2000, every school will promote partnerships that will increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional, and academic growth of children.

Teachers' reports of parent involvement    N/A
Principals' reports of parent involvement  N/A
Parents' reports of their involvement      N/A

Vol. 15, Issue 11

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