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When assessing the state of K-12, there is always talk about an education crisis in America. And when previewing the topline data to compare ourselves against other countries, one could walk away believing that such a crisis does exist. American 15-year-olds were scoring under 500 on a scale of 0–1,000 in the 2015 Program of International Student Assessment, with the United States ranking 24th in both Math and Science, and a dismal 39th place in Reading out of 71 countries assessed. Of the 35 powerful Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development nations, the U.S. is at the bottom: 30th in Math and 19th in Science.

Meanwhile, both taxpayers and the colleges they send their kids to are paying more than $7 billion annually in remedial education courses because, collectively, our K-12 system is failing to prepare nearly half of all graduating seniors for the basics. A Hechinger Report showed 874 out of 911 community and four-year college surveyed enrolling new students who needed remediation in the 2014–2015 school year. Nearly 23 percent of those schools were enrolling over half of their incoming students in “at least on remedial course.”

That’s not what we should expect or accept from a $20 trillion economy accounting for over a quarter of the world’s Gross Domestic Product.

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About The Author

Kevin P. Chavous

Kevin P. Chavous, President of Academics Policy and External Affairs, joined Stride, Inc. in November 2017. Mr. Chavous is a noted education reform leader and innovator with a well-chronicled track record of empowering families with education choice and driving change and opportunity for children of all backgrounds and circumstances. Mr. Chavous has worked to advance quality education programs around the nation, most notably as the Education Committee Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia, where he helped to shepherd the charter school movement into the nation’s capital. In addition, he was the founding Board President of Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Mr. Chavous is the founder of Democrats for Education Reform and a founding board member of the American Federation for Children. He has been instrumental in advancing charter school and education choice programs around the country, and in 2016, he was inducted into the District of Columbia Hall of Fame. In addition, he received the distinguished Outstanding Alumni Award from his alma mater, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory High School in Indianapolis. Additionally, Mr. Chavous is an accomplished author, having published four books, including Serving Our Children: Charter Schools and the Reform of American Public Education; Voices of Determination: Children that Defy the Odds; and Building a Learning Culture in America, as well as his first novel, The Plan, a political thriller. A prolific writer and inspirational speaker, Mr. Chavous’ opinion editorials have appeared in many major newspapers, and he has given education reform speeches in nearly every state. Mr. Chavous graduated from Wabash College, where he was an NCAA District All-American in basketball. He was inducted into the Wabash Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. Mr. Chavous graduated from the Howard University School of Law, where he was president of his graduating class.

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