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In stressing quality education from early childhood through lifelong learning, the President and the Governors adopted the National Education Goals, which were put into law by the Congress in the "Goals 2000: Educate America Act." The voluntary national standards will help define what is means to reach the third and fourth of the goals below.
The Goals state that by the year 2000:
* 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 nation's modern economy.
A World-Class Eduction for Every Child

* (All Information on this page has been issued prior to the start of the 21st century by the U.S. National Department of Education)
* 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 the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

* Every school in the United States will be free of drugs, violence, and the unauthorized presence of firearms and alcohol and will offer a disciplined environment conducive to learning. 

* The nation's teaching force will have access to programs for the continued improvement of their professional skills and the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to instruct and prepare all American students for the next century. 

* Every school will promote partnerships that will increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional, and academic growth of children.