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Preparing Americas Future Susan
Sclafani, Assistant Secretary Office of
Vocational and Adult Education U. S. Department
of Education

No Child Left Behind Key Principles
  • Increase accountability for student performance
  • Focus on what works
  • Reduce bureaucracy and increase flexibility
  • Choices for students and parents

Economic Change
  • Changing nature of the workforce.
  • Fastest growing jobs require some education
    beyond high school.
  • Employers express concern about the lack of
    essential skills among students.

Skill Level Changes
Skilled 20
Unskilled 15
Unskilled 60
Professional 20
Skilled 65
Professional 20
National Summit on 21st Century Skills for 21st
Century Jobs
Twelfth Grade Students Proficient in Science
Source National Assessment of Educational
Progress 2000
Twelfth Grade Students Proficient in Mathematics
Source National Assessment of Educational
Progress 2000
Losing Our Edge?
  • NAEP 2002 Math Assessment
  • 12th Graders Scoring Below Basic
  • 35 percent of all students
  • 56 percent of Hispanic students
  • 69 percent of African-American students
  • 60 percent of low-income students

A Question Most Below Basic Students Answered
Chris wishes to carpet the rectangular room shown
below. To the nearest square yard, how many
square yards of carpet are needed to carpet the
floor of the room if the closet floor will not be
carpeted? (1 square yard 9 square feet)
Losing Our Edge?
  • NAEP 2002 Reading Assessment
  • 12th Graders Scoring Below Basic
  • 26 percent of all students
  • 39 percent of Hispanic students
  • 46 percent of African-American students
  • 40 percent of low-income students
  • 18 percent of students with college-educated
  • parents

SOURCE U.S. Department of Education, Institute
of Education Sciences, National Center for
Education Statistics, National Assessment of
Educational Progress (NAEP), 2002
International Comparisons TIMSS 2003
Mathematics and Science Grade 8
  • Mathematics score of 504 exceeded international
    average of 466
  • Science score of 527 exceeded international
    average of 473
  • Significant improvement in mathematics and
    science between 1995 and 2003
  • BUT, we were outperformed by 7 of the 13 other
    countries in mathematics and 5 of the 13 other
    countries in science.


PISA 2003 Mathematics Literacy
International Competition
Students Enrolled in Postsecondary (in millions)
UNESCO, 2003
International Competition
  • New Participants in the World Economy
  • China, India and Russia 3 billion people
  • 10 highly educated 300 million people
  • USA 300 million people
  • 25 highly educated 75 million
  • Competition for jobs 375 million people
  • USA students/adults will face greater competition
    in the future than anytime in history

Craig Barrett, INTEL CEO 2004
Graduation Rates for the United States
Manhattan Institute Data from Public High School
Graduation and College Readiness Rates in the
U.S. (September 2003)
College remediation ratesEntering freshmen, 2000
Source NCES, Remedial Education at
Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions in
Fall 2000,
College drift-out ratesStudents not returning
for year 2
Source Mortensen, T. (November 1999),
Postsecondary Opportunity as presented by The
Education Trust.
  • Studies show that they are a capable,
    conscientious, concerned and optimistic
    generation, determined to succeed
  • 96 percent say doing well in school is important
    to their lives.
  • 94 percent plan to continue their education after
    high school.
  • 90 percent of 5 and 17 use computers.
  • 94 percent of teens use the Internet for
    school-related research.
  • Teens spend more time online using the Internet
    than watching television.
  • High school and college students increasingly are
    involved in making spending decisions for their

Education Beliefs
  • 91 of students have a teacher/administrator who
    personally cares about their success.
  • 60 of students report that standardized tests
    are a good measure of progress.
  • 96 say doing well in school is important in
    their lives.
  • 88 of students report that attending college is
    critical or very important to future success.

Interested in World
  • 76 of students would like to learn more about
    the world.
  • 28 of high school students use a foreign news
    source to learn about current events.
  • After September 11, 2001, 78 of students felt
    optimistic and hopeful. Two years later, 75
    still look toward a future with optimism and
  • 70 of students report volunteering or
    participating in community service.

Preparation Matters
  • Strongest predictor of college completion -- a
    rigorous and challenging high school course of
  • Strongest predictor is mathematics.
  • Second strongest predictor is lab science

Answers in the Tool Box by Clifford Adelman, June
Advanced Math Science Increases At-Risk
Students Postsecondary Enrollment
Source NCES, The Condition of Education, p. 51.
Few Say Expectations Were High
Academic expectations of me in high school were
Expectations were high
All HS graduates Below average incomeAverage
incomeAbove average income CitySuburbsSmall
town/rural General studies in HSCollege prep in
24 232324 233120 1730
Source Hart Research Associates, Achieve,
Rising to the Challenge, Jan. 2005
All high school graduates
College students
Knowing What They Know Today, Grads Would Have
Worked Harder
Question Knowing what you do today about the
expectations of college/the work world, if you
were able to do high school over again, would you
have worked harder and applied yourself more to
your coursework even if it meant less time for
other activities?
College students
Source Hart Research Associates, Achieve,
Rising to the Challenge, Jan. 2005
The Vision for High School Transformation
  • Every American youth will complete high school
    with the academic knowledge and skills needed to
    make a successful transition to postsecondary
    education or training without needing

President Bushs New Education Proposals
  • 1.5 billion for High School Intervention and
    State Assessments, includes.
  • 1.2 billion for flexible intervention funding
  • 250 million High School Assessments in reading
    and math, grades 9,10, and 11
  • 200 million for the Striving Readers Initiative
  • 269 million for Mathematics and Science
    Partnership Program (120 million targeted for
    math acceleration)

President Bushs New Education Proposals (continue
  • 52 million Expansion of Advanced Placement
    (AP) programs
  • State Scholars expansion
  • 1,000 Enhanced Pell Grants for State Scholars
  • 500 phased-in Pell Grant increase

America's Most Successful High Schools - What
Makes Them Workby Dr. Willard R. Daggett
  • Focusing instruction around students'
    interests, learning styles, and aptitudes through
    a variety of small learning community approaches,
    most commonly academies.
  • An unrelenting commitment by administrators and
    teachers to excellence for all students with a
    particular emphasis on literacy across the
  • A laser-like focus on data at the classroom
    level to make daily instructional decisions for
    individual students

America's Most Successful High Schools (contd)
  • An extraordinary commitment of resources and
    attention to 9th grade students.
  • A rigorous and relevant 12th grade year.
  • High-quality curriculum and instruction that
    focuses on rigor, relevance, relationships, and
    reflective thought
  • Solid and dedicated leadership
  • Relationships driven by guiding principles
  • Sustained and supported professional

Preparing Americas FutureHigh School Initiative
  • The three goals are to
  • Equip state and local education leaders with
    current knowledge
  • Develop the expertise and structures within the
    Department of Education to provide effective
    technical assistance
  • Facilitate the national dialogue

Preparing Americas FutureKey Principles
  • High expectations for all
  • Innovative learning structures that fully engage
  • High-quality teaching and leadership, and
  • Accelerated transitions to work or additional

Key Activities 2004
  • National Leadership Summits
  • Washington, DC, December 2-3, 2004)
  • Washington, DC, October 8, 2003
  • Regional Summits, Spring 2004
  • Billings, MT March 12-13, 2004
  • Atlanta, GA March 26-27, 2004
  • Phoenix, AZ April 16-17, 2004
  • St. Louis, MO April 23-24, 2004
  • San Diego, CA May 7-8, 2004
  • Cleveland, OH May 14-15, 2004
  • Boston, MA May 21-22, 2004

Key Activities 2004 (Continued)
  • Rolled out PAFHSI website (
  • Partnerships with NFL and Kiwanis (Fall 2004)
  • Supported NASSP for Breaking Ranks II training
    (September 2004)
  • Urban High School Summit with the Council of the
    Great City Schools (November 2004)
  • 3 regional Youth Summits in partnership with U.S.
    Dept of Labor, HHS and DOJ (November-December

Every high school diploma must mean that our
graduates are prepared for jobs, for college,
and for success. President George W. Bush
Ways to Take the Lead
  • Schedule a leadership meeting with the school
    administration, PTO or PTA, and other community
    leaders to discuss the specific needs of your
    high school.
  • Invite teachers and students into your
    organization or business to educate them about
    what a 21st-century work environment looks like,
    and ask to sit in on some classes to see what
    todays high school looks like. By working with
    the school, members from the community can help
    to ensure that teens are properly prepared to
    enter the community as adults.

Ways to Take the Lead
  • Support existing mentoring programs, such as the
    State Scholars or create a new mentoring program.
  • Support existing tutoring programs or create one
    of your own
  • Sponsor an education forum in your community to
    which you invite students, teachers, state
    education representatives, state legislatures,
    school board members, other business members, and
    parents. Be sure that students play an active
    role in planning and speaking. They know best
    the strengths and weaknesses of their schools

Roles of Universities
  • Prepare elementary and secondary teachers with
    rich content and engaging strategies
  • Provide faculty to work with current teachers to
    better prepare them to teach in more engaging
  • Provide opportunities for professionals to work
    in schools as part of their education social
    work, psychology, research, health care,
    business, law
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