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According to A Nation at Risk the American education system has declined due to a rising tide of mediocrity in our schools States such as New York have responded to the findings and recommendations of the report by implementing such strategies as the Regents Action Plan and the New Compact for Learning In the early 1980s President Regan ordered a national commission to study our education system The findings of this commission were that compared with other industrialized nations our education system is grossly inadequate in meeting the standards of education that many other countries have developed At one time America was the world leader in technology service and industry but overconfidence based on a historical belief in our superiority has caused our nation to fall behind the rapidly growing competitive market in the world with regard to education The report in some respects is an unfair comparison of our education system which does not have a national standard for goals curriculum or regulations with other countries that do but the findings nevertheless reflect the need for change Our education system at this time is regulated by states which implement their own curriculum set their own goals and have their own requirements for teacher preparation Combined with this is the fact that we have lowered our expectations in these areas thus we are not providing an equal or quality education to all students across the country The commission findings generated recommendations to improve the content of education and raise the standards of student achievement particularly in testing increase the time spent on education and provide incentives to encourage more individuals to enter the field of education as well as improving teacher preparation NY State responded to these recommendations by first
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