Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The cruelty of low expectations

"I believe it is cruel to allow students to graduate and find they can't enter college without having to retake many courses they already took in high school or to be turned down for a job because their math and reading skills are still on a sixth-grade level," state Superintendent Janet Barresi writes in the Tulsa World.
Oklahoma students are underperforming their peers both nationally and internationally. National Assessment of Educational Progress scores indicate that only one-fourth of Oklahoma’s eighth-graders are proficient in math and 29 percent are proficient in reading. ACT results show that only 35 percent of Oklahoma high school students who took the test are ready for college-level math or science. Finally, college remediation rates have hovered for years around 40 percent.

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