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US Department of Education The US Department of Education was established on May 4 1980 by congress in the Department of Education Organization Act Public Law 96-88 of October 1979 Their goal is to ensure equal access to education and to promote education excellence for all Americans The Department of Education has a mission with many goals These goals are to strengthen the Federal commitment to assuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual and encourage the increased involvement of the public parents and students in Federal education programs They also want to supplement and complement the efforts of states and the local school systems the private sector public and private nonprofit educational research institutions community-based organizations parents and students to improve the quality of education High on their agenda is to improve the management and coordination of Federal programs and activities There are also national goals for American students As an outcome of the historic Governors Meeting in Charlottesville Virginia in 1989 the Governors of the 50 states adopted the six National Education Goals for the education of all students in the United States Two other goals were added later The original six goals are All children in America will start school ready to learn The high school graduation rate will increase to at least 90 percent All students will leave grades 4 8 and 12 having demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter including English mathematics science foreign languages civics and government economics arts history and geography and every school in America will ensure that all students learn to use their minds well so they may be prepared for responsible citizenship further learning and productive employment in our Nations modern economy United States students will be first in the world in mathematics and science achievement Every adult American will be literate and will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in a global economy and exercise
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