K-12 Ed Intro

Government run schools are failing our kids and slowly killing the “American Dream”.

We are SEEing political tool of Social Justice being used freely to produce devastating results.  If we allow this to continue in our schools, what will America look like in 30 years?  20 years?  Even 10 years? Will we even recognize it?

 

Where are we now?

The 2019 National Report Card results are in from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) and it is clear that public education has lost its way.  In all, 600,000 students representing every state were tested in reading and math.  The only positive results were from the top-achieving fourth graders who scored one point higher in math than in 2017.  The results also revealed declining scores in reading and math for fourth graders in 17 states and in 31 states for eighth graders.

Here are the scores:

  • The average fourth grade reading score was 220 out of 500. 
    That is an F.
  • The average eighth grade reading score was 263 out of 500.
  • 3 points lower than the 2017 assessment equating to 52.6%. 
    Another F.
  • The average fourth grade math score was 241 out of 500. F.
  • The average eighth grade math score was 282 out of 500. F.

According to an article from the New American, Peggy Carr, Associate Commissioner for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), stated some very concerning observations, “Over the long term in reading, the lowest performing students – those readers who struggle the most – have made no progress from the first NAEP administration almost 30 years ago.”

She also noted that all cultural groups including Black, Hispanic, Native American and White produced lower results. She said, “They are generally all declining. So, we can’t say it’s due to changes and shifts in populations.”

We SEE this alarming trend continues into our public high schools. The college testing organization, ACT released its report the same day as the NAEP and the results made plain that the upcoming 2019 graduate class scores in English and Math are at their lowest level in 15 years.

The first sharp decline in score results can be noted in 2015, the same year the Obama administration required states to fully phase in Common Core. Coincidence? Note that the 2019 graduating class are our country’s first Common Core graduates.

With these results in mind, we must ask, if college-bound graduates will require remedial courses in English and Math as they entering their first semester? The percentage of students needing these courses is significantly high already. A 2016 report from the liberal think tank, Center for American Progress, revealed that 40 to 60 percent of first year students required these remedial courses that cover content they should have mastered in their early high school years.

All of this begs the question, what are our children learning in our K-12 public education system? It apparently is not reading and math. After our children leave the safety of our homes and take their seat in the classroom, ready to learn, what is being served up to them as “education”? What ideas are they being taught and who is packaging it? We do not have to look very hard to SEE the answers.




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