The students of the U.S. are being equated to tourists in their own country. The only difference between them though is that most tourists will no more U.S. history than both the adults and students who actually live here. The problem with the measuring stick being used to assess the proficiency though, is that the results are being based on about 30,000 students.
According to the Associated Press, “More than 7,000 fourth-grade students, 11,000 eighth graders and 12,000 high school seniors from a nationally representative sample took the test last year.” So, they are telling us that these students represent the U.S. The intelligence or lack thereof, comes from this control group of students. They could have learning disabilities…WHO KNOWS?! But this type of “science” is not a fair assessment. And they are only polling 4th, 8th, and 12th graders. Don’t leave out 3rd grade! They are smart!
The test is the National Assessment of Educational Progress that is referred to as the Nation’s Report Card. The scores were out of 500. Fourth-graders had to get a score of at least 243, eighth-graders needed 294, and 12th graders had to get at least 325. In 2010, 13 percent of high school seniors “showed a solid grasp of the subject.” Tuesday, the results for fourth and eighth graders were released and 22 percent of fourth and 18 percent of eighth graders were proficient. The report compares all three grades which may also be an unfair comparison.
Read the report here. But, look at it with a side-eye and a smirk. Our students definitely need to do better, but the education system of America is failing them, not the other way around.