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K-12 Indicators: Learning Benchmarks

The quality of public education dictates our future competitiveness with other regions and other nations. Compared to other industrialized nations, American students are lagging. Eighth graders fall significantly behind their peers in six other nations on advanced international tests in mathematics, and ten OECD nations outperform the U.S. on high school degree attainment. Low-income and minority students trail their peers across educational outcomes, from third grade reading to high school graduation to post-secondary readiness.

  • Third Grade reading proficiency is a critical indicator along the path to successful completion of high school. It is an early indicator of students’ academic progress.
  • Algebra I is acknowledged as an enormous stumbling block for student success in high school and college.
  • Fourth Grade reading and Eighth Grade math are widely accepted international benchmarks.