Pushing towards graduation is a worthy pursuit -- an important and achievable goal. And graduating 80 percent of kids on time -- phenomenal. But with these 12th grade math and reading scores, it does raise the question: What is the quality of these graduates?
Just 12 percent of America's high schools produce half of the nation's dropouts. For an education moon shot, improving the nation's chronically underperforming schools is where the Eagle has to land. And like the moon landing, it will take new technologies to solve the dropout crisis.