Higher standards are producing results, write Jay Greene and Marcus Winters of the Manhattan Institute.
Today’s high school graduates are more likely to be academically qualified to attend college than those of a decade ago, before the accountability movement took hold. And we can expect to see more progress if No Child Left Behind expands to high schools.
. . . Some critics worried that increasing standards would push low-performing students out of school. But this dire prediction has not come to fruition. The same percentage of students graduate from high school, but because of higher standards, today’s diplomas are more likely to open the door to college.
Still, only a third of high school students can be expected to graduate with the coursework and skills necessary to succeed in college.