1. The federal government spends about $750 million a year to educate English-language learners who now account for 10% of all our students.
  2. On the TIMSS, nearly 50% of 8th graders in South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan scored at the advanced level in math vs. 7% of American students
  3. On the TIMSS, the math international average was 500; the U.S. average was 541. In reading, the international average was again 500; the U.S. average was 556.
  4. Ten organizations will be sharing in the $60 million Promise Neighborhood Planning Grant.
  5. Under the new graduation rate calculations, Iowa had the highest graduation rate at 88%, followed by Wisconsin. Next came Indiana, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas with an 86% graduation rate.