ERIC Number: ED359634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-26
Reference Count: N/A
National Education Goals: Where Are We Now? CRS Report for Congress.
Stedman, James B.; And Others
The six national education goals designed to be achieved by the year 2000 address the following issues: (1) school readiness; (2) school completion; (3) student achievement; (4) U.S. mathematics and science performance compared to that in other countries; (5) adult literacy and lifelong learning; and (6) safe, disciplined, and drug-free schools. This report considers the status of the U.S. education system relative to these goals and analyzes the issues involved in assessing progress toward them. Available data relevant to each goal are presented. Findings include the following: (1) of all five-year-olds, six out of seven are enrolled in kindergarten or other preschool programs, as are nearly half of all four-year-olds; (2) only 7 out of 10 ninth-graders complete high school 4 years later; (3) a minority of elementary and secondary school students demonstrate competency in English, mathematics, and science; (4) math and science achievement scores for the U.S., in comparison to other developed countries, are often among the lowest; (5) one-eighth of American adults failed a literacy survey conducted for the U.S. Department of Education; and (6) one-third of all public secondary schools report one or more students caught selling drugs, four-fifths experience thefts, and nearly three-fourths report incidents of law breaking that warranted informing police. (Includes 35 notes.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.