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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Math Scores Plummet; Just 2 in 5 Students Ready for College

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From FreedomProject Media:

More than five years after the dumbed down Common Core national standards were implemented across America, scores in mathematics and other subjects continue to plunge. According to the Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018 by the ACT, just 40 percent of high-school graduates tested were considered ready to succeed in a first-year college algebra class. Well over a third of graduating students did not meet the minimum benchmark in any subject.

The trend is also downward, the annual ACT report found. In 2012, 46 percent of students tested as ready for college work on the dumbed-down tests. Today, just two in five students are considered ready, with the numbers continuing to drop. “In addition, students’ average score on the ACT math test dropped to its lowest level in more than 20 years — down to 20.5 (on a scale of 1 to 36), continuing a slide from 21.1 in 2012 to 20.7 last year,” the organization noted.

“The negative trend in math readiness is a red flag for our country, given the growing importance of math and science skills in the increasingly tech-driven US and global job market,” ACT CEO Marten Roorda said in the report. “It is vital that we turn this trend around for the next generation and make sure students are learning the math skills they need for success in college and career.”

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