Table: America's Poor Report Card

SCHOOLS FAIL TO TEACH THE BASICS..

Share of eighth-grade students proficient* in:

READING 33% WRITING 27% MATH 24%

* Proficient for their grade level according to the 1998 National Assessment of Educational Progress

...ESPECIALLY TO MINORITIES...

Share of 18- to 24-year-olds who have completed high school, 1998:

ASIAN 94% WHITE 90% BLACK 81% LATINO 63%

...SO THE U.S. LAGS INTERNATIONALLY

Rankings of 12th graders in 1998:

MATH 19TH OUT OF 21 DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

SCIENCE 16TH OUT OF 21 DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

GRADUATION RATES 17TH OUT OF 29 DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

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