K12Station is a resource hub for all things educational and academic. Our free website features tons of web-based resources for K-12 students, teachers and families. Just navigate to a grade level and topic to view interesting articles, tutorials, games, movies, simulations, primary source documents, and more!
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Tests, Standards, and the Future of American Education
It has become no secret that the United States faces an educational crisis. Though there have been measurable improvements with the Common Core initiative, much work remains to be done.
Family income levels are showing to be a dividing factor when it comes to certain gaps. For example, low income fourth-grade students achieved proficiency at the 2015 NAEP reading test at just 21%; compared to their non-poor counterparts who achieved 52%. Additionally, if students of color achieved diplomas at the same rate as their white peers, they would attain nearly 200,000 more diplomas annually.
Above are just some of the highlighted problems we face, but the real question is, what do we do about it?!
According to some experts, it’s definitely not the current standard based reform initiative in place. Kevin Welner and William Mathis of the National Education Policy Center argued that “we as a nation have devoted enormous amounts of time and money to the focused goal of increasing test scores, and we have almost nothing to show for it.” Many side with this view and argue that our current national policy is theory based, and realizes on hope and baseless assumptions.
Given all the grim data on our educational system, there are still some key things to take away: certain states and districts are making quantifiable gains, the state and local policy environment matters, demographics play a key role in education, only 3% of the entire nation of 8th graders is doing good at advanced levels. Certainly some positives and areas of improvement.
K-12 Station’s Mission
Our goal is to do our part, however small or large in impact, to improve and educate our visitors, not just on academic subjects, but on the current state of our national and state educational efforts.
We research, compose, and disseminate articles we think are worthy of sharing with the public and that will leave the readers more educated and informed about their thesis.
We have to prepare ourselves for the future, and the sooner we do it, the better off we will be. We cannot leave our lower income students behind and hope for the best. We must improve educational efforts at all income levels and tackle the problems that face us head on. Otherwise, we risk losing our intellectual edge on the global stage.