Domestic Excellence

Advancing Accountability in Education

“Quality education for everyone, of every background, remains one of the most urgent civil rights issues of our time.”
—President George W. Bush

38%

of 4th grade students are proficient in science

40%

of 4th grade students are proficient in math

36%

of students are proficient in reading

High standards, quality assessments tied to those standards, and meaningful consequences for low performance lead to increases in achievement for children of all races, ethnicities, and socio-economic status.

Wide achievement gaps exist in the United States - low income and minority students in particular lag behind their peers. On a global scale, students in the United States consistently rank below children in other countries in the core subjects of reading, math, and science.

Public sentiment and policymakers have retreated on accountability. Annual assessment data on student academic performance informs parents, educators, and the public about how our schools are performing, and helps identify where research-based interventions are necessary.

Educator Resources

Education Reform

Ensuring all U.S. students are prepared for college and a career

Anne Wicks
Anne Wicks Ann Kimball Johnson Director of the Education Reform Initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Eva Myrick Chiang
Eva Myrick Chiang Director, Evaluation and Research George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Justine Taylor-Raymond
Justine Taylor-Raymond Program Manager, Education Reform George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Alex Dowdy
Alex Dowdy Associate, Education Reform George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Robert Balfanz
Robert Balfanz Fellow, Middle School Matters George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Matthew Clifford
Matthew Clifford Fellow, Education Reform George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Mark Dynarski
Mark Dynarski Fellow, Education Reform George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Steve  Tozer
Steve Tozer Fellow, Education Reform Full Bio