Southern states must be more aggressive in closing achievement gaps, increasing post-secondary readiness, improving teacher-quality and providing non-academic supports for an increasingly diverse student body, a new report from education advocacy groups argues.
And those recommendations are strongly backed by a new poll that shows that most voters in the South believe the quality of the public schools in their states is too uneven and think that state officials need to take action to make up differences.
The report, “Accelerating the Pace: The Future of Education in the American South,” notes that while southern states have made great strides and has narrowed some achievement gaps, others have widened. And even within the same state, students’ educational experiences can vary vastly. The report was released today by the Columbia Group, an informal group of education organizations in seven southern states.