America’s Report Card 2012

We think we’re in safe territory by stating that neither students or parents are happy with receiving a C- minus grade. In my house that would mean an automatic loss of privileges until I scored higher on the next test. So what should happen if the whole nation receives that grade?

A joint report by Save the Children and First Focus has awarded the U.S. a C-minus overall grade when it comes to providing for and ensuring educational opportunities for the nation’s children.

America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S.” is the first in an annual report card series of evaluations commissioned by former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and current Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) in 2010.

The U.S. earned subpar grades in five categories representing key domains of a child’s life: economic security, early childhood, K-12 education, permanence and stability, and health and safety. The report card assigned the nation grades in five key domains of a child’s life:

Economic security: D, based on the number of children living in poverty, experiencing food insecurity and unstable housing.

Early childhood: C-, based on early learning program availability and enrollment, as well as access to child care.

K-12 education: C-, based on children’s math, reading and science levels, school resources, the number of at-risk youth, and educational attainment.

Permanency and stability: D, based on the well-being of children impacted by the child welfare, juvenile justice, and immigration systems.

Health and safety: C+, based on the state of health insurance coverage for children, access to health care and preventive services, public health and safety, and environmental health.

We don’t know how you feel (student, parent, educator), but those of us here at SKoolAide are more than a little angry, ashamed, frustrated and resolved to do whatever we can to raise the bar. This is America…and we MUST do better for our children and our future.

Read about more of the report here on the Huffington Post site.

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