Today, more students in the United States are graduating high school than ever before. More are going onto — and completing — college. This progress is the result of the hard work of students and their families, of teachers and principals, of advocates and community leaders.
But despite such progress, the quality of education that a student receives today still has a whole lot to do with the color of his skin, the language she speaks at home, the size of his family’s bank account, and perceptions of her abilities. A lot of work remains to be done.
Disparities in opportunity and achievement in our education system are no accident. They are the result of decades of educational injustice, of choices made on Capitol Hill, and in statehouses across the country, in school district offices, and individual schools. They are the result of choices that were politically easier, but that systematically has left children from underserved communities holding the bag.
Education Watch offers a clear, unflinching look at the results of these choices. Each state’s page uses the best available data on critical measures of educational opportunity and achievement to help you understand how your state is doing when it comes to improving opportunities and outcomes for all students, but especially for those student groups that have been underserved in U.S. schools for far too long.