But there's little reason to be optimistic that this state can close that gap. After all, we can't even produce enough high school graduates.
Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee dissects new numbers on high school completion and finds that the percentage of California high school students who graduate is falling -- even as the same percentage is increasing nationwide.
California is falling behind.
To see more, check out Education Week's handy on-line mapping tool for graduation rates.