Obama's $100 Billion Investment in Our Schools Begins: What It'll Take to Have a World-Class System
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The results we need from a world-class education system must simultaneously address the persistent problems of underachievement and high dropout rates, especially among low-income and minority youth, while developing the global competencies required for global competitiveness.
There are schools that are succeeding on both these fronts. The hallmark of schools in the International Studies Schools Network, a group of 12 secondary schools in primarily urban underserved communities across the country, is the integration of international knowledge and skills within a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum.
When compared to schools with demographically similar populations in the same school district, schools in the network scored higher on 2008 state achievement tests over 85 percent of the time, and high school graduation rates are significantly higher.
These schools provide evidence that putting the world into world-class education doesn't just make sense, it can make a difference in bridging the gap between low-performing schools today and globally competitive schools in the future.