ERIC Number: ED485239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Mastering Reading and Mathematics in the Early Grades. Challenge to Lead Series
Lord, Joan; Wade, Robin; Creech, Joseph
Southern Regional Education Board
The "Challenge to Lead" goal for early grades students is first about student achievement in reading and mathematics. The goal is that students in the early grades, regardless of their economic status, school location, ethnicity or gender will be as proficient in reading and mathematics as youngsters anywhere in the nation. "Challenge to Lead" warns that failure to achieve this goal is unacceptable; otherwise, "what we are talking about 10 or 20 years later are more dropouts, more people qualified for only the lowest paying jobs, and more people occupying prison cells. The goal of "Challenge to Lead" for the early grades keeps the focus on young children until they can all read and do arithmetic well enough to succeed in the middle grades. The program is a long way from meeting the goal, but the good news is that student achievement is improving, notably so in some cases. More than two-thirds of the students in the median Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states met state standards in reading and mathematics in 2003. The percentages of students scoring at or above the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Basic level in fourth-grade mathematics in median SREB states in 2003 was 22 percentage points higher than the median SREB states' percentages in 1992. Along with the gains in SREB states over the past decade, this report also highlights the significant questions and challenges that remain.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Skills, Achievement Gains, State Standards, Scores, Dropouts, Geographic Regions, Economic Status, National Competency Tests, Primary Education
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA