Nation's report card: 12th-graders show no growth

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 7, 2014 11:03 p.m.

    The results follow the just-released and seemingly more encouraging research that U.S. high school graduation rates in 2012 reached 80 percent, a record.

    Yet only 38% are proficient in reading, and 25% with math.

    Sorry folks! Teachers giving honest grades mean low evaluations, and a fear of not having contracts renewed. They will pass students to avoid punishment. Students do know they won't fail and are not motivated to learn. They learned this from elementary school, and now colleges pass students who don't deserve it. Some do fail to make things look honest, but most every one passes.

    That is just the way it is. The simple truth.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    May 7, 2014 9:26 p.m.

    Not that I'm going to defend the common core (because I personally don't see it as the solution to anything) but some of its detractors do crack me instantly blaming it for these latest results. If I understand things, it was results over the past 20 years. The common core math program has been around for 1-2 years. Even those that took the test this year had many more years of math in other modes of instruction and curriculum. Just sayin...

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 7, 2014 4:52 p.m.


    Just one thing?

    How about tourism in Hawaii.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 7, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    Just last week there was an article in DN touting how Americans defer to faith rather than science, as a rule.


  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 7, 2014 12:48 p.m.

    name one thing that has improved under Barack Obama - anything?? Across the board from the economy to foreign policy to food stamps and welfare to unemloyment to our credit rating to violent crime to our childrens aptitude ...everything is in sharp decline. This is the phony hope and change from the man in the empty suit.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 7, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    More of what hasn't worked:

    * more funding
    * standardized testing
    * assessing
    * accountability
    * blame teachers, schools, and administrators
    * free school lunches
    * teaching in cooperatives groupings
    * etc

    Do the simple, less costly thing.

    Leave teaching to teachers, school administration, and parents.

  • Concinnity Meadow, UT
    May 7, 2014 11:29 a.m.

    It's a very sad reflection on American society that the overall achievement scores for high school students have actually gone down over the latest 20 year testing period. To have a majority of students be non-proficient in both math and reading is disgraceful and nationally embarrassing.

    Our society has been advancing at unheard of rates regarding technology while the average student is just stagnating at best. Extracted further, there's little wonder the middle class is disappearing while the line between the haves and have-nots grows. We are sending out students into the real world who are largely incapable of competing at a competitive level in the workplace.

    Sadly, these same students actually do even worse in national and world history. I recently watched a documentary about general knowledge levels of students that was both sad and disheartening. The concept of low-information voters then made more sense to me. It's little wonder we are sending people to Washington whose governance we find unacceptable and disappointing. Young voters don't understand world issues nor their relevance.

    This trend simply has to be reversed and soon... or our society will continue deteriorating in overall quality.

  • Ironmomo Ogden, UT
    May 7, 2014 10:33 a.m.

    I'm sure "Common Core" and more money for school districts will fix this problem.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 7, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    Didn't we recently read in the DN about great improvements in the graduation rate?
    To paraphrase Jerome Brumer, there is no honor in promoting self-confident fools.

  • Denverite Centennial, CO
    May 7, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    Unfortunately, this is nothing new. In the last small town where we lived, the 3rd graders were (by test scores) among the smartest in the state, the middle schoolers were in the middle, and the high school was in the bottom third of the state.

    So literally, the longer you stayed in their schools, the dumber you got. And I'm leaving out all our anecdotal proof of that due to space limitations.

    This is another reason we home school--and it's interesting that among minority families who homeschool, the achievement gap everyone freaks about basically disappears.