Internationally, the United States already ranks below several nations
it competes with in the global economy.
Compared to whites, significant gaps for African-American
and Hispanic students are evident in virtually every measure of achievement:
NAEP math and reading test scores, high school completion rates, college
enrollment and college completion rates. In addition, there is wide
variability across states in educational investment and
There are virtually no racial or social class differences
in mental ability among infants before their first birthday and
a few social class indicators are able to explain the small differences
that do exist.