26.10.15

THAT DISTRESSED MATERIAL.

Most South Carolina students are not college ready.
In English, 61.3 percent of students tested “not ready.” In math, it was 78.4 percent. On the reading test, 74.2 percent tested “not ready.” The science scores were the worst, with 82.1 percent “not ready.”
Anybody surprised that it's the culture, stupid?
Melanie Barton, executive director of the Education Oversight Committee, says, “The results of the ACT, ACT Aspire tell us in South Carolina that we have a long way to go in getting all kids college- and career-ready. We’re struggling especially in reading and mathematical skills and we really need to start focusing on, especially in the high school years, what students need to be able to take, as far as course selection, the rigor, and just to really help students and parents plan for their future.”
The rot probably starts in kindergarten, but perhaps there's poetic justice.
Barton says the fact that so many students aren’t ready for college will likely cost them, or their parents, a lot more money. “Because if our children aren’t ready for that two- or four-year degree and they go in, they have to take remedial courses, or they take longer than four years to complete their degree, that costs mom and dad and the students loan money and tuition payments.”
I've long been on record as favoring the colleges sending high schools a bill for all the repeated high school courses sailing under the remediation flag, and applauding states that take steps in that direction.  But in Ms Barton's observation, there's the possibility that the same parents who aren't bringing their spawn up properly in the first place end up footing the bill for those do-overs of high school.

On the other hand, it's frustrating to still be pointing these things out, ten years on, and seeing that the rot isn't confined to South Carolina.
Millennials in the U.S. fall short when it comes to the skills employers want most: literacy (including the ability to follow simple instructions), practical math, and — hold on to your hat — a category called “problem-solving in technology-rich environments.”

Not only do Gen Y Americans lag far behind their overseas peers by every measure, but they even score lower than other age groups of Americans.
Enjoy the rot.

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