The discouraging reading and math scores by the nation’s fourth- and eighth-graders demonstrate why early education and the new Common Core standards are necessary.
The latest results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also called the nation’s report card, show an educational system badly in need of progress.
There were incremental gains in both core subject areas, according to the Education Department, but those gains are coming far too slowly. And achievement gaps persist between white and black students, whites and Hispanics, and low-income and more affluent students.
Something has to be done to better ensure that today’s children will be able to compete on the global platform of tomorrow. These marginal advances show that the nation is not doing enough to prepare its students.