Although per-pupil education spending has more than doubled since the early 1970s, students aren’t getting much smarter, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), administered by the U.S. Education Department.
A report released on June 27 measures the long-term academic performance of 9-, 13-, and 17-year-old students in reading and math, providing what the NAEP calls “the most extended retrospective picture of student achievement in the United States.”
Of the 50,000 public and private school students who took the tests last year, both 9- and 13-year-olds scored higher in reading and mathematics than did students their age in the early 1970s.
But 17-year-olds did not show similar gains. The 2012 reading assessment indicates that 94 percent of 17-year-olds lack the highest level of reading proficiency; 61 percent could not understand or interpret complicated information; and 18 percent lacked the ability to “make generalizations” about what they read.
In mathematics, only 7 percent of 17-year-olds tested at the highest proficiency in 2012, which means that 93 percent lacked the ability to solve multistep problems and understand algebra. Another 40 percent were deficient in “moderately complex procedures and reasoning.”
Read More at CNS News . By Susan Jones.
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