74% of the nation’s 12th graders—students headed to the workforce or higher education—were below proficient in mathematics, and 62% were below proficient in reading.
Source: NAEP 2013. Information about how achievement levels are determined for NAEP can be found on the National Center for Education Statistics website at https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/achievement.aspx.
Look around. You didn’t get to where you are in life by accident.
Why do some people have a life filled with opportunities while others can barely catch a break? And how does this compare to where you are in this moment of your life?
We encourage our children to set the highest goals imaginable. We tell them they can climb, reach and eventually soar. But for some, dreaming of a bright future remains just that: a dream.
Pathways to opportunity in America are unique to each individual; however, for the most part, we can predict who will succeed and who will not based on the conditions of their birth.
Interactions among global economic forces, government policies, and business practices have generated a self-sustaining set of dynamics that continues to drive disparities in opportunity.
America’s future depends on whether we act now to create policies and interventions that clear the pathways to opportunity for everyone.
REFLECT. CONNECT. ACT.
Choosing Our Future
Choosing Our Future takes a new look at the magnitude of the crisis of opportunity in America and its long-term implications. The authors examine the powerful forces governing the distribution and intergenerational transmission of opportunity. Ignoring these forces will lead to growing disparities among our citizens and place an unsustainable strain on the nation’s social fabric and the character of our democracy.