Among a chaotic American society, there are certain matters such as education, global warming, and illegal immigration whose reformation should be at the top of the American agenda.
As a result of declining progress in American schools, President George bush presented the No Child Left Behind Bill (NCLB) to congress in 2001. By 2002, the bill was signed into law. NCLB required each state to set standards in the subjects of math and reading that it's students (grades three through eight) must achieve as measured through an annual assesment test. An increase in spending on education allowed for the development of programs to implement these requirements. However in 2003, Hoover Institution's Koret Task Force on K-12 Education presented a progress report on American schools to congress. The report demonstrated that little or no progress had been achieved after the enactment of NCLB, or in the previous twenty years since the National Commision on Excellence in Education criticized American schools, calling them "A rising tide of mediocrety". As a result, Federal spending on education increased from fourteen to fifty-five billion. In 2006 however, America placed 29th out of fifty-seven countries for the math portion of the Programme for International Student Assesment (PISA).
While evidence shows that American students are not doing well, math and reading scores in several states speak positively of the sufficiency of NCLB. A 2007 study said that all 50 states experienced a "moderate-to large" score increase in the fourth and eighth grades.
Despite this, standards set from state to state are different. In accordance with the tenth ammendment, there is no requirement on which level states must set their standards, only that they must increase annually. Congress could drastically improve our academic performance by increasing funding for programs designed to focus more on individual standards rather than group standards. Also, by increasing teachers' salaries,...