When the Missouri Assessment Program test results came out last August, only three of Columbia's 28 schools met their progress goals.
Across Columbia Public Schools, math and communication arts scores fell.
Eight area schools had 20 percent or more of their students score below basic in communication arts. Some parents chose to have their children transfer out of these schools.
Columbia's education problems are indicative of widespread problems with the education system nationally.
Tuesday, President Obama outlined a five-step plan for a complete overhaul of the education system.
"We have let our grades slip, our schools crumble, our teacher quality fall short and other nations outpace us," Obama said in an address to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, according to a report by CNN. "The time for finger-pointing is over. The time for holding ourselves accountable is here."
Obama's plan starts with increased investment in early childhood education. The $787 billion stimulus package contains $5 billion for Head Start, a program benefiting low-income families.
The second point of Obama's proposal is to stiffen testing standards. He said that states must stop lowering standards to meet low performance.
His plan also includes provisions for increased funding for teacher training and recruitment, support for charter schools and increased access to scholarships for higher education.
Amidst economic turmoil, do you support Obama's education plan and the spending that comes with it?