The Alliance for Excellent Education
The 2009 High School Transcript Study:
Are the Nation’s High School Graduates Being Prepared for College and Careers?
Jack Buckley, Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics
David Driscoll, Chair, National Assessment Governing Board; Former Commissioner of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education
Released on April 13 by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), America’s High School Graduates, the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) High School Transcript Study, finds that the percentage of high school graduates completing a “rigorous” curriculum, which includes higher-level math and science courses, increased from 5 percent in 1990 to 13 percent in 2009. At the same time, the percentage of students who took less than a standard curriculum of at least four credits of English and three each in social studies, mathematics, and science, declined from 60 percent in 1990 to 25 percent in 2009.
But what do these findings mean and why are they important? What kind of classes are high school graduates taking and how many credits are they earning? What are th