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Reality by the Numbers
   
160,000  
  Annual shortage of college graduates entering California’s workforce, from now through 2025.1
   
46th  
  California’s test scores under No Child Left Behind place the state 46th out of 50.2
   
24th  
  Fifteen year-olds in the US placed 24th out of forty nations in their ability to apply mathematical concepts to real world problems.3
   
6.5%  
  Percentage of US high school students taking one or more AP exam versus 23% required for global competitiveness.3
  collage
   
$16B  
  California budget gap that caused Governor Schwarzenegger’s “Year of Education” to be abandoned.
   
$7.2B  
  Proposed annual budget for America COMPETES Act of 2007, which has never been funded.
   
   

1 Can California Import Enough College Graduates to Meet Workforce Needs?
Issued by The Public Policy Institute of California, May 2007 and funded by The Hewlett Foundation.
Authors: Hans Johnson and Deborah Reed


2 Data collected for No Child Left Behind, 2006-2007


3 Rising Above The Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future

Published by The National Academy of Sciences, The National Academy of Engineering, and the National Institutes of Medicine, copyright 2007. Commissioned by the Senate Energy Subcommittee of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and by the House Committee on Science.