More Spending Hasn’t Boosted 17-Year-Olds’ Reading Or Math Scores Since 1970

School Bus SC More Spending Hasnt Boosted 17 Year Olds Reading or Math Scores Since 1970

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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  1. Seeks_the_truth says:

    Schools are more for an induction into Socialism. Schools are no longer interested in assisting our young in requiring assets to become a contributing member of society.
    We saw the failure of our education system in the testimony of a 19 year old woman in the Zimmerman trial. At 19 years old, this woman could not read or write cursive. How is she going to become a respectable member of society?
    What is worse is all the people attempting to defend her failures by trying to say cursive is no longer a required skill.
    Is this our future leaders? Is this really the best we can do? If it is, i fear for our future.

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