US Education Continues To Failure

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New York, NY

#1 Sep 26, 2013
Only 43 percent of test-takers in 2013 met the SAT's definition of being prepared for college, a statistic that has remained stagnant since 2009.

The 1.6 million test-takers averaged 496 in reading, 514 on math and 488 on writing, according to a Thursday report released by the College Board, the company behind the notorious college entrance exams.

The College Board defines the college-ready benchmark as 1550 out of 2400, a score the organization says indicates a 65 percent likelihood of a student earning a first-year college GPA of a B-minus or above.

What, exactly, these numbers mean is up for debate. The college readiness statistics are just one more piece of the puzzle in assessing the state of America's schools, and the release comes amid a national hand wringing about just how bad public education really is and what direction it should take. Most states are beginning to teach to a new set of national standards known as the Common Core, but many parents and politicians are either unaware or skeptical.

For its part, the College Board is interpreting high schoolers' performance on its test as a call for improvement. To be truly prepared for college, the company maintained in a call with reporters, students need access to higher-level courses -- such as the Advanced Placement program, another College Board offering.

Since: Nov 10

Guangzhou, China

#2 Sep 26, 2013
no wonder many junior schools visit China for new type of education.

San Francisco, CA

#3 Sep 26, 2013
In America many of the top students in our schools are Chinese but you have not seen anything yet. To go to a college one has to take a super vigorous and very competitive set of exams to get in. The smart ones who get accepted are truly elite students. That is why China is now considered arguably the top academic country in the world. They grad 760,000 scientists a year, more than the rest of the world combined, it is paying off.

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