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ERIC Number: ED502924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
A Nation Accountable: Twenty-Five Years after "A Nation at Risk"
US Department of Education
In 1983, the U.S. Department of Education report, "A Nation at Risk," found that about 13 percent of 17-year-olds were functionally illiterate, SAT scores were dropping, and students needed an increased array of remedial courses in college. Such trends threatened opportunities for American children and the collective national future. Twenty-five years later, this report reviews progress made and determines that the U.S. remains a nation at risk but is now also a nation informed, accountable, and cognizant that much work needs to be done. Reported findings include: (1) Rising demands of a global economy, together with demographic shifts, require education of more students to higher levels than ever before but the education system is not keeping pace with these growing demands; and (2) Of 20 children born in 1983, six did not graduate from high school on time in 2001 and of the 14 who did, 10 started college that fall, but only five earned a bachelor's degree by spring 2007. The report indicates that recent standards/accountability movements and the "No Child Left Behind Act" are providing a comprehensive look at schools, and reliable data to evaluate student performance and address weaknesses in American schools is available for the first time in the nation's history, and urges that this information be leveraged to achieve even better results. (Contains 50 endnotes and 10 figures.)
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education (ED)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001