This column was inspired by a review of a study conducted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. By itself, the subtitle, “A Roadmap to Secondary Readiness and Attainment,” illuminates the study’s significance.

The motivating and seminal word is “roadmap.” It is expected that the vast majority of the general high-school-age population will complete high school and receive a diploma. Of concern, however, is that reduced expectation exists for attaining a two- or four-year college diploma by the same population of students. In today’s international, world-based economy, basic educational attainment must be ratcheted upward for every category of students – ethnically, gender-specifically, academically and economically.

While a high-school diploma remains necessary and honorable, a reality-analysis calls for a higher level of education and skill,

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