The Future of Education: What Matters is Student Proficiency
The Nation’s Report Card is published each year by the National Assessment of Education Progress(NAEP) regarding K-12 achievement scores.
“Over the past decade, there has been no progress in either mathematics or reading performance and the lowest-performing students are doing worse,” said Peggy Carr, the associate commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers the NAEP. “In Fact, over the long term in reading, the lowest-performing students – those readers who struggle the most – have made no progress from the first NAEP administration almost 30 years ago.”
Here is a look at the latest – The Nations Report Card (Source: nationsreportcard.gov)
READING HABIT AT AN ALL TIME LOW
According to researchers, fewer children between the ages of 8 and 17 are developing their reading habits. Only about 40 percent of 8 to 12-year-olds assay they enjoyed reading “a lot,” and more than one-third of them say they read daily. By the teen years, only 22 percent reported reading every day, and fewer than 1 in 4 reported really enjoying reading.
Public Education (Source: CAPE UPDATE, Oct, 2019)
- American education needs to evolve to leverage the unique learning styles and cultivate the talents of every child. At a time when students must develop the skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing world, nearly one-fourth of our 15-year-olds cannot read a basic, grade-level text, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
- Parents are children’s first, primary, and most influential teachers. Yet, too often, only affluent, well-connected parents can choose their children’s learning environment. All families should be empowered to choose an education setting where their children can reach their full potential.
- Consistent with our country’s rich diversity, families should be free to select the education setting whose mission, instructional approach, or faith values best match the student and family.
Alternative Ways to Improve Student Achievement (Source: ed.gov/freedom)
Recognize The Problem
- Most students in America are limited to attending a public school that is assigned to them. Although many families choose their public school by deciding where to live, only 14 percent of students are enrolled in a public school outside of their zoned school according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
- The most vulnerable students in America do not have the freedom to pursue education opportunities in the same ways the rich, powerful, and connected families always have.
One Solution Worth Considering
- The Education Freedom Scholarships (EFS) proposal creates a $5 billion annual federal tax credit for voluntary donations to state-based scholarship programs, empowering elementary and secondary students and families to choose the right education options for them – regardless of where they live, how much they make, and how they learn.
- Today, over half a million families are participating in private school choice programs in 26 States, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and even more Americans support these programs.
States could empower families to use scholarships to pay for:
- Tuition and fees at a private school, including independent and faith-based private schools;
- Summer and after-school education programs offered by private schools;
- Tutoring offered by private school teachers to public and private school students;
- Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and honors courses;
- Academic enrichment courses like art, music, or world languages;
- Online courses offered by private schools and teachers to students, regardless of geography;
- Special education and related services for students with disabilities or unique learning needs;
- Remedial education services to assist students who are struggling academically;
- Educational technology to enhance instruction and support student learning;
- Internship, corporate work-study, and apprenticeship programs; and
- Home education expenses, including curriculum and other instructional materials.
Advantages For Parents Who Can Access a Good Education
Below is a snap shot of student performance at Cedar Hill Prep School. Every child should have the opportunity to study in an environment that fosters rigor, conversation, communication, provides a supportive peer group knowledge and exposure to the bigger world.