Report: Better Serving Those Who Serve

Lex-report-imgFor the more than 1 million school-aged children in public schools that have a parent serving active duty in the United States military, access to a high-quality education can be problematic.

With that in mind, the Lexington Institute’s new report, “Better Serving Those Who Serve: Improving the Educational Opportunities of Military-Connected Students,” examines the overwhelming shortage of high-quality education opportunities for military-connected students across the country.

Taking a look at military-connected student education in four states – Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia – the report identifies areas of strength and opportunities for growth when it comes to educating military-connected students, who move 2 to 3 times more frequently than their civilian peers during their K-12 education.

The report also includes a series of recommendations for how states and policymakers can improve day-to-day education experiences for military-connected families.

The authors explain how military students are often faced with:

  • Inconsistent content and achievement standards from state to state;
  • Educators and decision makers prepared to offer only limited support;
  • A shortage of effective state and school district policies to identify and support military-connected families and students.

“Military families face many challenges while serving their country. The quality of educational options – including the availability of high, consistent standards, and states and districts that are able to support them – shouldn’t be included in that list,” says Jim Cowen, executive director of the Collaborative for Student Success.

Click here to download the report.

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