Sandy Kress, noted education reformer, pointed to huge civil rights accomplishments that resulted from accountability policies in education.
"Several recent presidents are joining President Obama at the LBJ Library to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act," Sandy Kress noted. "Of all the remarkable gains that have occurred since the passage of that law," Kress emphasized, "certain improvements in education get little attention but may be as important as any."
Sandy Kress revealed some of the data behind these huge forward steps: "According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 20% of black 8th graders across the nation were basic or above in math achievement in 1992. When accountability in education first began to be the policy of the land in 2000, only 30% of black 8th graders were basic or above in math. Yet, in 2009, when the effect of accountability perhaps reached its peak, the percent of black 8th graders who were basic or better in math had grown to half."
Sandy Kress concluded: "We are not even close to where all our children need to be in academic proficiency, but we should note and celebrate that there's been more than a doubling of the percentage of black children who are roughly at grade level in math as they approach high school. Let's not abandon the policy that contributed so much to this huge gain."