In the United States, every student should have the equal right to a high-quality education. But as our most recent data demonstrates, for far too many students, quality and equity are aspirations, not realities. Few states are providing public school educations that result in academic proficiency for students. And even fewer states are providing access to a high-quality education to all students, particularly those from historically disadvantaged groups.
As we look at school system improvement in the United States, what resources do our systems need to improve? What are the benefits of further investment in our education systems? Lost Opportunity provides a look at the data points that answer those questions, while offering specifics on the action steps necessary to provide a high-quality, high-equity education for all students.