Recently the College Board established a website www.dontforgeted.org to promote the importance of education-related issues, especially during this election year in the US. The College Board is best known for administering standardized tests including the SATs used in college and university admittance decisions. It counts over 5900 colleges, universities and educational organizations as members.
On the “Don’t Forget Ed” web site they note some major shortcomings in the US educational system:
* The US ranks 16th worldwide for those ages 25 to 34 holding a college degree
* 70% of eighth graders can’t read proficiently
* American students rank 25th in math and 21st in science (in a ranking of 30 industrialized countries)
* Eighth grade American students are 2 years behind in math compared to other countries
* Increasing the high school completion rate by only 1% would save the US $1.4 billion per year in crime-related costs
* 44% of high school dropouts under 24 are jobless
* Individuals with a high school diploma are twice as likely to be unemployed as those with a college degree
- Every hour of every school day 857 students drop out of high school
To dramatize this last item, the College Board set up 857 desks on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
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