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


of 4th grade students are proficient in science


of 4th grade students are proficient in math


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.

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 Director, Education Reform George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Eva Myrick Chiang
Eva Myrick Chiang Director, Evaluation and Research George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Abby Hoak-Morton
Abby Hoak-Morton Manager George W. Bush Institute Full Bio