National Education Goals.How many of you have had an opportunity to see a copy of the National Education Goals Report: Building a Nation of Learners, 1997? The report is the seventh in a series of annual reports designed to assess the progress that the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. as a whole, as well as individual states, have made toward achieving the National Education Goals.
The National Education Goals have been added to and further defined since they were first introduced in 1989. They were originally the focus of America 2000: An Education Strategy, President Bush's longterm plan for school reform, and, later on, a key component of President Clinton's Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Goals 2000 calls for the development of national standards for elementary and secondary education, and for the establishment of a program to aid/reward states that seek to improve schools and achieve higher standards of excellence. The eight goals to be achieved by the year 2000 are:
* Goal 1: All children will start school ready to learn.
* Goal 2: The high school graduation rate will increase to at least 90 percent.
* Goal 3: Students will leave grades 4, 8, and 12 having demonstrated competency COMPETENCY, evidence. The legal fitness or ability of a witness to be heard on the trial of a cause. This term is also applied to written or other evidence which may be legally given on such trial, as, depositions, letters, account-books, and the like.
2. in challenging subject matter, including English, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics civics, branch of learning that treats of the relationship between citizens and their society and state, originally called civil government. With the large immigration into the United States in the latter half of the 19th cent. and government, economics, art, history, and geography; and every school in the country will ensure that all students learn to use their minds well, so they may be prepared for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment in a modern economy.
* Goal 4: The teaching force will have access to programs for the continued improvement of their professional skills, as well as the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to instruct and prepare students for the 21st century.
* Goal 5: U.S. students will rank first in the world in science and mathematics achievement.
* Goal 6: Every adult will be literate, and will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in a global economy and to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
* Goal 7: Every school will be free of drugs, violence, and the unauthorized presence of firearms This is an extensive list of small arms — pistol, machine gun, grenade launcher, anti-tank rifle — that includes variants.
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* Goal 8: Every school will promote partnerships to increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional, and academic growth of children.
The National Education Goals Panel (NEGP NEGP North European Gas Pipeline
NEGP National Education Goals Panel ) is the federal agency charged with the responsibility of monitoring the Goals' progress. In 1989, at a historic Education Summit in Charlottesville, Virginia Charlottesville is an independent city located within the confines of Albemarle County in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States, and named after Princess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III of the United Kingdom. , the NEGP helped the nation's governors prepare the first draft of the national standards, or goals. In addition to reporting to the public on progress toward the Goals, the agency is responsible for establishing a system of high academic standards and assessments; identifying what actions federal, state, and local governments need to take; and building a nationwide bipartisan consensus to achieve the Goals.
The National Education Goals Report prepared by the NEGP does much more than measure progress. It gives policymakers direction, helps to promote accountability and excellence in education through its advocacy of national standards, and shows where we are and what needs to be done to meet the Goals.
The 339-page report for 1997 includes some good news, particularly in terms of significant nationwide progress in science and mathematics (Goals 3 and 5), children's health Children's Health Definition
Children's health encompasses the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of children from infancy through adolescence. (Goal 1), and student safety (Goal 7). In other areas, however, national performance has declined. Grade 12 reading achievement, for example, is lower (Goal 3), fewer adults with no more than a high school diploma A high school diploma is a diploma awarded for the completion of high school. In the United States and Canada, it is considered the minimum education required for government jobs and higher education. An equivalent is the GED. are participating in adult education (Goal 6), and the percentage of secondary school teachers who hold a degree in their principal teaching area is down (Goal 4). Far more disturbing, I think, is the trend with respect to Goal 7. Student drug use has increased, as has the sale of drugs at school. In addition, threats/injuries to teachers are up, and more classroom disruptions that interfere with teaching are being reported. In many other areas, no significant changes have occurred since the Goals were established. This news is also discouraging.
The Goals report also looks at state data. Since base lines for state performance were established, significant progress has been made in getting children ready to learn (Goal 1). Forty states, however, have successfully reduced the percentage of infants born with one or more health risks, and the number of mothers receiving prenatal care prenatal care,
n the health care provided the mother and fetus before childbirth. has increased in nearly all jurisdictions. Also, in the majority of states, student achievement in challenging subjects is up significantly, especially in science and mathematics (Goals 3 and 5). The percentage of students enrolling in postsecondary education increased in 9 out of 12 reporting states. On the down side, the number of children born with low birth weight increased in 47 jurisdictions (Goal 1); 9 of 18 states reported an increase in the high school dropout (1) On magnetic media, a bit that has lost its strength due to a surface defect or recording malfunction. If the bit is in an audio or video file, it might be detected by the error correction circuitry and either corrected or not, but if not, it is often not noticed by the human rate (Goal 2); the percentage of high school students who reported using marijuana marijuana or marihuana, drug obtained from the flowering tops, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa (see hemp) or C. indica; the latter species can withstand colder climates. or being offered drugs at school also increased (Goal 7); and in all but 13 states, more teachers reported classroom disruptions that interfered with teaching (Goal 7).
State performance in many other key areas of the Goals Report showed little, if any, change over time, including such indicators as childhood immunizations childhood immunization Children's vaccination, childhood vaccination In the US, it is recommended that all children receive vaccination against Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, HBV, H influenzae (Goal 1); over 30 jurisdictions reported no change in the percentage of 4th-grade students scoring at the proficient pro·fi·cient
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NAEP Native American Employment Program assessment tests for mathematics and reading (Goal 3), nor any in the level of teacher preparation and professional development (Goal 4).
Also, no significant progress was seen in the majority of states reporting on student alcohol consumption, student victimization victimization Social medicine The abuse of the disenfranchised–eg, those underage, elderly, ♀, mentally retarded, illegal aliens, or other, by coercing them into illegal activities–eg, drug trade, pornography, prostitution. , school safety, and violent behavior (Goal 7). Finally, over 40 states reported no change in parental involvement.
Quality education is important to everyone, and the Goals Report gives us an excellent overview of educational performance. The 1997 report has been improved, making it much easier to do a state-by-state comparison. It is also possible to measure how well a particular state is doing compared to its own base lines. For more information, write the National Education Goals Panel, 1255 22nd St. N.W., Ste. 502, Washington, DC 20037 (fax: 202-632-0957). You can download data on your state using NEGP's Web site (NEGP@goalline.org). Four pages of data on each state/territory can be found on pages 72 through 302.