The United States’ schools are failing the students they were meant to serve, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Education Statistics.

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity says nearly 1 in 4 American students who are in school today are not proficient in reading, writing, and math.

The report also found that American students today are nearly three times more likely than those in the 1970s and 1980s to drop out of school before graduating.

The U.S. spends more than $5 trillion per year on education, but the nation’s students are less prepared for college than they were in the 1960s and 1970s.

The American Association of University Women and the National Association of Scholars are calling for an end to the country’s education system and for states to take control of higher education and funding.

They say these are the wrong times for a nation to be investing in education.

“This is an economic time and a social time and this is the time for people to get their hands dirty and work on making sure they can get jobs,” said Lisa M. Kelleher, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

“We have to get out of this spiral that we’ve got going, because we can’t be having this many kids that are graduating in less than a year and going to college, then being saddled with debts, being saddling with student loan debt, and being saddles with a higher probability of not having the skills that are needed in the future.”

More: A new study finds that for every $1 a student invests in a college education, the federal government collects $2.16 in federal student aid.

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