We can therefore conclude that
Almost two thirds of the 82% who graduated from high school in 2013 to 2015 have done so even though they failed in reading and math.
These numbers change state by state, and high school by high school. For example, a sign in a classroom at Berea High School, in Greenville, SC, sends this powerful message: “Failure Is Not an Option. You Will Pass. You Will Learn. You Will Succeed.” And the high school abides by the second promise of the message: 80% of students graduate. However, the percentage of the graduates who took ACT and scored “ready” for college was alarmingly low: Only 6.9% were ready in math, 10.6% in reading, and 4.9% in science!
The 75% of high school graduates who are failing math – almost two-thirds of whom are failing reading as well – are not ready for college. But every parent wants their kids to have a college education, and these parents have a powerful voice. There are only two solutions to this educational problem: either raise the high school standards, or lower the college entrance expectations. The first choice has encountered fierce opposition. Therefore, the solution seems to be the second choice. And it is already happening!