We are not being dramatic when we say that we are in an educational crisis in this country. ABC news just posted an article on the sad state of affairs in our school systems in America. This is a national emergency. Please remember to vote for Rob Roeder if you are in district 3, Linda Hartman and Brian Krider for at large, and Ryan Glick if you are in District 1.
"This is the fifth consecutive year of declines in average scores, a worrisome trend that began long before the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has persisted," ACT CEO Janet Godwin said in a statement.
"What's more, the data showed that only 22% of students among the 2022 graduating class met the benchmarks in all four main ACT test sections -- english, math, reading and science -- while 42% did not meet a single one. The benchmarks "demonstrate the minimum ACT scores required for students to have a higher probability of success in credit-bearing first-year college courses," according to ACT. Last year, 25% of students met all four benchmarks while 38% of students met none.
"The magnitude of the declines this year is particularly alarming, as we see rapidly growing numbers of seniors leaving high school without meeting the college-readiness benchmark in any of the subjects we measure," Godwin added. "These declines are not simply a byproduct of the pandemic. They are further evidence of longtime systemic failures that were exacerbated by the pandemic. A return to the pre-pandemic status quo would be insufficient and a disservice to students and educators. These systemic failures require sustained collective action and support for the academic recovery of high school students as an urgent national priority and imperative."
Read the whole article here: High school class of 2022 had lowest ACT scores in over 30 years, data shows By Morgan Winsor October 14, 2022, 7:28 AM