The world is run by those who are educated and successful. To be successful, one has to be educated. Yet, according to National Center for Education Statistics [NCES], as of 2009 the dropout rate of 16-24 year olds is 8.1%. Thus, the data proves the US does not have as many young people with even a high school diploma. Leading industries in today’s world such as Apple and Microsoft were created by people who did not graduate from college, but that doesn't mean everyone out of 8.1% will create a company that will determine tomorrows business. America has to secure its future generation from such dropout rates from school and teach them to be successful in different trades. In order to reduce the dropout rate of 8.1% in the US, Department of Education in US needs to focus more on how to keep students from dropping out of school from the fear of failing the standardized tests.
Dropouts are caused by a lot of reasons. Priscilla Carver reveals one of the key factors that lead to drop out of a student is academic failure (76%). In order, for the US to reduce the number of students that dropout is to increase aid to those students who are lacking in areas such as Math, Science or English. Parents need to take some time out of their personal life to focus more on how their child is doing academically in school. Most of the problems in education are left unsolved because no one seems to take the time to focus on the issues leading to education failures of students. Schools are more geared towards attaining more students and athletic success but not towards keeping students from dropping out of school. If schools were to redirect the money that is being spent on adding new vending machines or flat screen TV’s to helping students who are on the impulse of dropping out, the US can tremendously reduce the dropout rate of 8.1%.
Standards kept by schools across the country are causing another issue during standardized testing since the results are not measure the same way through out the nation. According to Mike Dahlin establishing consistent proficiency standards would help keep every student in the country to similar standards of the grading scale. If all schools were to keep the students up to comparable levels of standards in difficulty of each courses and the grading scale, achieving the goal of improving results in standardized test and decreasing the dropout rate would be achieved in just matter of time. Then the next step is to provide aid to those students who are lacking in areas such as Math, Science or English, by diverting current funds towards opening up classes after school for those students that need help, thus leading to decreasing the dropout rate and increasing the standardized test scores.
Why is it necessary for the US to reduce the drop out rate and increase the people that advance in education? According to Harlow, C.W. three quarters of state prison inmates are dropouts, as are 59% of federal inmates. Most students that do not get...