For every 100 ninth graders, 70 will go on to graduate high school. Forty-four of these men and women will enter college, and just 30 will return for their sophomore year. Only 21 will earn a degree within six years.
Why are so many students who graduate with a high school diploma unable to conquer the challenges of college? In many cases, it is because the academic standards in our schools have been dumbed down for years, and the lowered expectations are unaligned with the real world demands of life after high school.
To address this important issue, states are taking measures to raise academic standards. This is not the only thing we must do to transform schools in America, but higher standards, combined with stronger accountability, will produce better results for students.