Very informative from Tom Pauken.
The solution is simple, if not easy.
We need to allow for multiple pathways to a high school degree. One academic pathway would emphasize math and science. Another, the humanities and fine arts. A third would focus on career and technical education. All students would get the basics, but there would be greater flexibility than under the “one size fits all” existing system which pushes everyone towards a university degree.
For the full read, see: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/texas-vs-no-child-left-behind/