1. 2009 data show only 38% of U.S. 12th graders were at or above the proficient level in reading and just 26% were in math.
  2. Total K-12 spending in the U.S. hit $809 billion in 2010, doubling between 1970 and 2012.
  3. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 26 states will spend less per pupil in fiscal year 2013 than they did in 2012.
  4. On the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS), the U.S. trailed such countries as Canada and Finland by 40 to 65 points. However, students in affluent suburban U.S. schools scored almost as well as those in top-performing Singapore.
  5. Of our 50 million students in public schools, more than 2 million attend charters.