By Editors Timothy J. Bartik and Susan N. Houseman, Timothy J. Bartik, Susan N. Houseman
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29 high school degrees jumped from 64 percent in 1976 to 86 percent in 2006. The share with a bachelor’s degree nearly doubled, to 28 percent. In addition, the black-white gap in high-school completion narrowed from 20–24 percentage points in 1976 to less than 6 in 2006. The gains were much larger for the adult population than for successive cohorts of 25-to-29-year-olds. Still, as of 2006, 86 percent of all 25-to-29-yearolds had graduated from high school, including 83 percent of black men and 88 percent of black women.
So far, the evidence for improvements in national reading, math, science, and writing skills in the wake of NCLB is mixed. Reading scores barely changed for fourth-, eighth-, and twelfth-graders; in fact, twelfth-graders scored worse in reading in 2005 than in 1992 (Perie, Grigg, and Dion 2005). In contrast, math scores have increased impressively for fourth- and eighthgraders (Perie, Grigg, and Donahue 2005). Other data comparing high school sophomores between 1980 and 2002 also revealed gains in math achievement but not in reading (Cahalan et al.
However, in the higher grades, what is necessary for success in careers becomes less clear. More may not always be better, especially if the result is that many students fail, become discouraged, and have little chance to learn skills more relevant to their potential careers. What we know about workplace skills should play a significant role in setting benchmarks, but rarely are work-related skills considered worthy of teaching and testing. indb 44 2/29/2008 1:42:04 PM Are Skills the Problem? 45 skills required for a middle-class job as the New Basics.
A Future of Good Jobs?: America's Challenge in the Global Economy by Editors Timothy J. Bartik and Susan N. Houseman, Timothy J. Bartik, Susan N. Houseman