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It's clear what it means to be prepared for tomorrow's economy. Already, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require education beyond a high school ___1___, with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers prominent (突出的) on the list. However, our schools aren't preparing enough of our students for that reality. Today, the United States has one of the highest high school dropout rates in the world. Among students who do ___2___ high school and go on to college, nearly half never graduate.
Yet in today's world, a college degree or advanced ___3___ increasingly represents the entry ticket to rewarding careers and fulfilling lives. In today's world, our graduates will compete against the smartest young people from across the globe. But in today's world, the United States ___4___ 12th in college attainment. As President Obama has said, "It is our generation's task ... to reignite (重新点燃) the true engine of America's economic growth—a ___5___, thriving middle class." Reigniting that engine will ___6___ depend on education, preschool through 12th grade and beyond, strong enough to prepare all students for college, careers, and the innovation-based economy in which they will make their living.
To meet that ___7___, the Obama Administration set out in 2009—amid the greatest ___8___ crisis in generations—to put in place a set of reforms to ensure that every child in this country receives the education he or she ___9___. President Obama set two ___10___ goals: that the United States would once again lead the world in college completion, and that every student would receive at least one year of college or specialized training after high school.