BBVA Compass economists say U.S. should adopt national curriculum in education overhaul

- Society must make issue a priority, researchers say

- Changes should ensure disadvantaged students have same chances to succeed, they say

- Bank's researchers to host conference call Thursday on implications of reform

May 14, 2014, 14:00 ET from BBVA Compass

HOUSTON, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. needs to overhaul its education system and adopt a national curriculum, with states giving up some control, in order to give every student a chance at success, according to the latest BBVA Compass research.

The research comes at a crucial time, as the achievement goals of former President George W. Bush's ambitious but oft-criticized No Child Left Behind legislation went largely unmet over the course of the past 10 years. That law required states to establish a testing system by which the performance of public school students could be measured, but it refrained from establishing a national curriculum.

"A national curriculum will ensure that all students across the country are getting the same basic knowledge and are measured on the same standards, with the same access to high-quality content," BBVA Compass economists Kim Fraser and Marcial Nava wrote in their report about the challenges of public education. "In order to get the best out of a high-quality national curriculum, society needs to give public education the place it deserves on the list of national priorities."

Education is an important step toward a productive economy and a driver of social mobility, the economists wrote in their wide-ranging report. They detailed the government's past efforts at reforms and recommended future changes that should ensure disadvantaged students can achieve the same success as those who are from wealthier households and attend private schools.

"With a more advanced public education system, there should be a reduced need for private schools, ultimately creating a more level playing field for students across the country," the economists wrote.

To learn more about the economic implications of the education system, please join the bank's economists for a web conference and conference call at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 15. To access the online meeting, click here. If asked, enter the meeting number 718 757 038 and password bbva. For the conference call, dial 1-877-768-4036 or 1-972-932-2100 and enter access code 718 757 038. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

Led by BBVA Compass Chief Economist Nathaniel Karp, the bank's seven-member research team analyzes the U.S. economy and Federal Reserve monetary policy. For its analyses, the economists create models and forecasts for growth, inflation, monetary policy and industries. The economic research team also follows a variety of issues that affect the Sunbelt states where BBVA Compass operates.

In addition to Karp, Nava and Fraser, the bank's economic research group includes Jason Frederick, Shushanik Papanyan, Boyd Nash-Stacey and Michael Soni. Follow their work on Twitter @BBVAResearchUSA and @BBVACompassNews.

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