State of the Union’s Math & Reading

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!


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  1. Sounds familiar. I did some NYC public school teaching in the 1970’s. 9TH grade, about 30 students. After one day I had a pretty good impression who the top third of the class was. By the end of the week I could with @ 95% certainty divide the class into low/middle /high learning ability.
    I was instructed to teach towards the middle. I thought this a terrible approach. The top third was probably going to do well anyway, the middle group got most of my attention and the bottom third was lost.
    The last time ( 2015 ) I talked to a public school teacher he told me things have not changed that much…lot’s of new theories, same results.
    Complex topic. What percentage of Senator’s children or high Government officials attend public school? Some of the answers might lie in that direction.

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