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  1. IMPROVING OPPORTUNITY IN AMERICA: Where are we? What are the next steps on our journey? Nevada Association of School Boards Reno, NV November, 2013

  2. America: Two Powerful Stories

  3. 1. Land of Opportunity: Work hard, and you can become anything you want to be.

  4. 2. Generational Advancement: Through hard work, each generation of parents can assure a better life — and better education — for their children.

  5. These stories animated hopes and dreams of people here at home And drew countless immigrants to our shores

  6. Yes, America was often intolerant… And they knew the “Dream” was a work in progress.

  7. We were: • The first to provide universal high school; • The first to build public universities; • The first to build community colleges; • The first to broaden access to college, through GI Bill, Pell Grants, …

  8. Percent of U.S. adults with a high school diploma 1920 1940 1960 2000 2012 1980

  9. Percent of U.S. adults with a B.A. or more 1920 1940 1960 1980 2000 2012 4% 6% 11% 23% 29% 33%

  10. Progress was painfully slow, especially for people of color.

  11. Percent of U.S. adults with a high school diploma, by race 1940 1920 1960 1980 2000 2012

  12. Percent of U.S. adults with a B.A. or more, by race 1920 1940 1960 1980 2000 2012

  13. Then, beginning in the eighties, inequality started growing again.

  14. In the past four years alone, 95% of all income gains have gone to the top 1%. Source: Stiglitz, “Inequality is a Choice,” New York Times, October 13, 2013.

  15. In 2012: • In 2012, the top 5% of Americans took home 22% of the nation’s income; the top .1% took home 11%. • And the bottom 20% took home just 3%. Source: DeNavas-Walt, Proctor, & Smith, “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012,” U.S Census Bureau, September 2013; Stiglitz, “Inequality is a Choice,” New York Times, October 13, 2013.

  16. Median Wealth of White Families 20 X that of African Americans 18 X that of Latinos Source: RakeshKochhar, Richard Fry, and Paul Taylor, “Twenty-to-One: Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics,” Pew Social & Demographic Trends, 2011.

  17. Instead of being the most equal, the U.S. has the third highest income inequality among OECD nations. United States Note: Gini coefficient ranges from 0 to 1, where 0 indicates total income equality and 1 indicates total income inequality. Source: United Nations, U.N. data, http://data.un.org/DocumentData.aspx?q=gini&id=271: 2011

  18. U.S. intergenerational mobility was increasing until 1980, but has sharply declined since. Source: Daniel Aaronson and BhashkarMazumder. Intergenerational Economic Mobility in the U.S.,1940 to 2000. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago WP 2005-12: Dec. 2005.

  19. Now, instead of being the “land of opportunity,” the U.S. has one of lowest rates of intergenerational mobility. Source: Tom Hertz, “Understanding Mobility in America” (Washington, D.C.: Center for American Progress, 2006).

  20. At macro level, better and more equal education is not the only answer. But at the individual level, it really is.

  21. There is one road up, and that road runs through us.

  22. What schools and colleges do, in other words, is hugely important to our economy, our democracy, and our society.

  23. So, how are we doing?

  24. First, some good news. After more than a decade of fairly flat achievement and stagnant or growing gaps in K-12, we appear to be turning the corner with our elementary students.

  25. Since 1999, large gains for all groups of students, especially students of color *Denotes previous assessment format National Center for Education Statistics, “The Nation's Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012”

  26. Since 1999, performance rising for all groups of students *Denotes previous assessment format National Center for Education Statistics, “The Nation's Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012”

  27. Looked at differently(and on the “other” NAEP exam)…

  28. Looked at differently(and on the “other” NAEP exam)…

  29. All groups have improved since 1990, but gaps between groups remain wide *Accommodations not permitted NAEP Data Explorer, NCES (Proficient Scale Score = 249)

  30. 1996 NAEP Grade 4 Math NAEP Data Explorer, NCES

  31. 2013 NAEP Grade 4 Math National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP Data Explorer, http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/nde/

  32. Middle grades are up, too.

  33. Record performance for students of color *Denotes previous assessment format National Center for Education Statistics, “The Nation's Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012”

  34. Over the last decade, all groups have steadily improved and gaps have narrowed *Accommodations not permitted NAEP Data Explorer, NCES (Proficient Scale Score = 299)

  35. Bottom Line: When we really focus on something, we make progress!

  36. Clearly, much more remains to be done in elementary and middle school Too many youngsters still enter high school way behind.

  37. But at least we have some traction on elementary and middle school problems. The same is NOT true of our high schools.

  38. Achievement is flat in reading. NAEP Long-Term Trends, NCES (2004)

  39. Math achievement is flat over time. * Denotes previous assessment format National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP 2008 Trends in Academic Progress

  40. And gaps between groups haven’t narrowed since the late 80s and early 90s.

  41. Reading: Not much gap narrowing since 1988. *Denotes previous assessment format National Center for Education Statistics, “The Nation's Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012”

  42. Math: Not much gap closing since 1990. *Denotes previous assessment format National Center for Education Statistics, “The Nation's Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012”

  43. Moreover, no matter how you cut the data, our students aren’t doing well compared with their peers in other countries.

  44. Higher than U.S. average Not measurably different from U.S. average Lower than U.S. average Of 34 OECD countries, the U.S. ranks 12th in reading literacy. U.S.A. OECD “Highlights from PISA 2009,” NCES, 2010

  45. Higher than U.S. average Not measurably different from U.S. average Lower than U.S. average Of 34 OECD countries, the U.S. ranks 17th in science. U.S.A. “Highlights from PISA 2009,” NCES, 2010

  46. Higher than U.S. average Not measurably different from U.S. average Lower than U.S. average Of 34 OECD countries, the U.S. ranks 25th in math. U.S.A. “Highlights from PISA 2009,” NCES, 2010

  47. Only place we rank high? Inequality.

  48. Among OECD Countries, U.S.A. has the 4th Largest Gap Between High-SES and Low-SES Students U.S.A. PISA 2006 Results, OECD, table 4.8b

  49. Among OECD Countries, U.S.A. has the 5th Largest Gap Between High-SES and Low-SES Students U.S.A. OECD PISA 2009 Results, OECD, Table II.3.1

  50. Gaps in achievement begin before children arrive at the schoolhouse door. But, rather than organizing our educational system to ameliorate this problem, we organize it to exacerbate the problem.