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Future of US Academic Standing

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What is the future of
U.S. academic standing?

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Central Question
Scope
Trend Analysis
Major Stakeholders
Drivers for Change
Minority Majority

U.S. Curriculum Standards

Education Technology
Evidence Based Forecast
Alternative Future Scenarios
Business Implications
Central Question
and Topic in Context

What is the future of U.S. middle
school standardized test scores
as they relate to trends and changes in

the emergence of the minority majority,
national curriculum standards, and
technological developments in educational tools and learning strategies?
Demography
Technology
Government
Economy

Current Situation
Uncertainties:
Independent Variables:
Dependent Variable:
U.S. Middle School Test Scores
Government Policies

School Funding

Acceptance of Technology
Source: Biola University
The
Team
Demography
Government
Economy
Society
Technology
No Clear Preferred Future
Transformation | Growth | Collapse | Constraint
Environment
TRANSFORMATION
SCENARIO
Individuality and diversity is embraced
High demand for cultural awareness programs
Highest GDP in the world
U.S. economy outpaces foreign countries
Government cooperation and coordination
Successful implementation of new education policies
Virtually no paper waste
Use of alternative energy devices
Society encourages lifelong learning
Education-based social movements
Large scale adoption of education technology
Online education is pervasive
State of
U.S. Middle School
Academic Standing:
The
's Knees
Demography
Government
Economy
Society
Technology
Environment
Minorities in the classroom continues to rise
Creation of bilingual and multicultural programs
Income equality continues to rise
U.S. economy does not dominate as superpower
Government gridlock in education policy
Private spending and alternative solutions are found
Movement towards eBooks and online education
Paper products still mainstream
Society continues to value education
Education seen as necessity for success
EdTech Industry continues to grow
Technology is adopted in most classrooms
GROWTH
SCENARIO
State of
U.S. Middle School
Academic Standing:
Demography
Minority Majority
Learning Styles
Special thanks to Gerald Linn from IBM
for his mentorship throughout this project.
"The countries who out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow."
- Barack Obama
Major Forces
Economy
Income inequality
U.S. economy relative to foreign powers
Environment
Sustainability movement
Use of eBooks and online libraries
Government
Government gridlock
Education policies
Technology
Education technology industry
Online education
Society
Helicopter Parents
Societal value of education
Organizational Boundary:
6th-8th Grade
Middle Schools
Operating Boundary:
Public Schools
Macroenvironmental Boundary:
U.S. Education System
Below
Level
Demography
Government
Economy
Society
Technology
Environment
Diversity in the classroom prevalent but largely ignored
Disregard for different learning styles or abilities
Severe income gap
U.S. forced to rely on bailouts from foreign powers
Government gridlock reaches all time high
School funding dwindles to an end
Schools revert back to paper products
Inability to adopt alternative energy methods
Public education flounders due to lack of funding
Education no longer seen as the path to success
Technology widely rejected by students and teachers
Education Technology industry crashes
COLLAPSE
SCENARIO
Standardized Test Scores sharply decline
's Get Degrees
Demography
Government
Economy
Society
Technology
Environment
Emphasis on national education standards
Disregard for diversity, individualism or creativity
Overtaken by foreign powers such as China and India
U.S. economy sees slow growth
Government passes a number of education regulations
Attempt to establish a national baseline of education
Sustainability movement stalls
Paper products widely used in standardized testing
Society sees education as merely a necessity
"Teaching to the test" becomes educational standard
Technology used primarily for tests and test prep
Government controls technology used in classrooms
CONSTRAINT
SCENARIO
Standardized Test Scores slowly improve
Source: ThinkProgress.org
Source: MoneyManagement.com
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Transformation Scenario
The A Team
New Opportunities:
Online Education Programs
Personalized Curriculum

Solves Problems:
Alternative Learning Methods
Streamlined Cost of Technology

Worsens Situations:
Changing Role of Teachers
Tech Dependent Lifestyle
Growth Scenario
The B's Knees
New Opportunities:
Ed Tech Industry
Bilingual teachers

New Problems:
Cultural tensions
Private vs. Public Schools

Worsens situation:
Income Gap in Classroom
eWaste
Collapse Scenario
Below C Level
New Opportunities:
Rebirth of traditional school supplies
Need for international relations

New Problems:
Crash of alternative energy methods
Ed Tech bubble burst

Worsens situation:
Increased use of paper products
Chinese dominance in business
Constraint Scenario
D's Get Degrees
New Opportunities:
Test Prep Industry
Increase in government positions

Solve Problems:
Simplified education curriculum
Disconnect between private and public schools

Worsens situation:
High teacher turnover
Detrimental health effects on students
Conclusion
Education technology, minority majority, and education policies will change the future landscape of U.S. academic standing. These likely scenarios allow for insightful decisions today in preparation for an uncertain tomorrow.
Christine Shiba | Brandon Angelini | Shannon Bader | Annie Ekman | Kate Ball

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Standardized Test Scores skyrocket
Standardized Test Scores remain consistent
State of
U.S. Middle School
Academic Standing:
State of
U.S. Middle School
Academic Standing:
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