Report: America’s perfect storm: Three forces changing our nation’s future
Report » America’s perfect storm: Three forces changing our nation’s future
Kirsch, I.; Braun, H.; Yamamoto, K.; Sum, A.
Educational Testing Service
This report “looks at the convergence of three powerful sociological and economical forces that are changing our nation's future: (a) substantial disparities in skill levels (reading and math); (b) seismic economic changes (widening wage gaps); and (c) sweeping demographic changes (less education, lower skills). (The authors show that) there is little chance that economic opportunities will improve among key segments of our population if we follow our current path. To date, educational reform has not been sufficient to solve the problem. National test results show no evidence of improvement over the last 20 years. Scores are flat and achievement gaps persist. Hope for a better life — with decent jobs and livable wages — will vanish unless we act now.” The report provides detailed information on these gaps and disparities and their projected effects.