Fixing Education Takes More than Fixing Schools

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Thirty years ago, the National Commission on Excellence in Education released the seminal report, “A Nation At Risk,” highlighting a dangerous and growing achievement gap, particularly among ethnic groups and poor kids. Thirty years later we are only marginally less at risk.

The overarching verdict of this 1983 report cited poor academic performance, high levels of functional illiteracy, and declining standardized test scores. It sounded an alarm that galvanized the nation to place education at the top of the national agenda, and its findings fueled billions of dollars in public and private investment dedicated to closing that achievement gap.

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