Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Stunning Developments. From USA Today.

Hi. I'm in your class.
I think.
by Mary Beth Marklein

More than half of 2012 high school graduates who took a college entrance exam did not have all of the skills they will need to succeed in college, or a career, a pair of recent reports conclude.

A report released last month by the Iowa City-based ACT found that at least 60% of 2012 high school graduates who took its test are similarly at risk of not succeeding in college.

The tests measure different skills, but colleges that require standardized admissions tests generally accept scores from either test. Among details:

Bob Schaeffer, spokesman for FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, said Monday that the dip in SAT scores show that high-stakes testing programs such as the federal No Child Left Behind law "have been a colossal failure."



  1. How nice to see USA Today reporting on a topic exactly on its educational and intellectual level, and in the timely and original way we've come to expect from McPaper.

    (Caution: this comment may contain sarcasm.)

  2. Bob Schaeffer, spokesman for FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, appears to be a fool. The reporter prints his statement without any context and then lets everybody else explain their reasoning.

  3. So a high-stakes test reveals that high-stakes testing has been a colossal failure. No irony there, eh?

  4. Frog and Toad--Yes, that is quite the irony, isn't it?

    What's The Fool's Paper going to report next? No jobs in Detroit?

  5. My 34 years of teaching mathematics lead me to believe that some people just cannot learn it at some level (some can't learn algebra, some can't master the calculus, and so on). We hide this with the many articles and comments that the subject isn't important.

    The assumption behind US education is that everyone can succeed, if they and the teachers try hard enough. Thus, these movements are all bound to fail, if I'm right.


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