Due to a history of inconsistent academic standards in states across the country, a concerning number of students are graduating from high school unable to meet the academic requirements to join the military.
Additionally, the U.S. military is deeply concerned about the damaging impact that low and inconsistent educational standards are having on the families of current service members. Gen. Ray Odierno, former Army Chief of Staff, ordered that the performance of schools near a base will be an important consideration in any future installation changes or base realignments.
A MILITARY FAMILY'S GUIDE TO SCHOOL TRANSITIONS
Moving to a new post can spark anxiety in military families over the quality of the schools in and around a military installation. But families with children in preschool through high school can take certain actions to mitigate these concerns and help their children transition effectively to a new school.
This guide has been compiled by military spouses with decades of experience in an effort to help simplify that process.
Better serving those who serve: improving the educational opportunities of military-connected students
For 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.
-Military Times: “Study: Academic performance varies widely among districts serving military students”
-Washington Post: “When troops worry about their kids’ schools, our military suffers”
-Inside Sources: “How Can We Improve Educational Opportunities for Students in Military Families?”
-The Virginian-Pilot: “Lack of quality school choices are hurting military families. Is open enrollment a solution?”
-Fayetteville Observer: “North Carolina an example to improve education for military children, think tank says”
-Fox News Opinion: “Military families deserve high-quality educational offerings. They’re not always getting them”
The Connection between K-12 Education Standards and the Military-Base Economy
A report by the Stimson Center, an internationally-recognized Washington, D.C.-based think tank, put a stake in the ground about the military, and local communities should be concerned about the quality of local schools. The June 2015 study, The Army Goes to School: The Connection between K-12 Education Standards and the Military-Base Economy, found that the quality of education available to soldiers’ children could be a retention issue for the Army.
– Military Times: “Poor Quality of Schools Could Cost Military Communities”
– The Daily Caller: “New Report Finds that School Standard Might Impact Military Base Closures”
– Fayetteville Observer: “New Report: Education Standards Could Impact Future Army Cuts”
How the Common Core Improves Education for Military-Connected Children
States across the country have always established their own academic standards, curricula, and achievement goals. This inconsistency, however, creates problems for children from military families, who must move and change schools frequently as their parents are reassigned. For these children, moving from state to state not only has significant social and emotional challenges, it also complicates their education. It is critical for states to minimize the strain that moving has on these children; adopting and effectively implementing the Common Core State Standards would ensure that as students change schools, their education is consistent and of high quality.