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