Poor U.S. Test Results Tied to Weak Curriculum
- The tests showed U.S. fourth-graders performing poorly, middle school students even worse, and high school students are unable to compete.
- By the time our students are ready to leave high school - ready to enter higher education and the labor force - they are doing so badly with science they are significantly weaker than their peers in other countries
- Our idea of "advanced" is clearly below international standards
- There appears to be a consistent weakness in our teaching performance in physical sciences that becomes magnified over the years.
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Reference: 4 Choice. http://4brevard.com/choice/international-test-scores.htm May 11, 2011.
World Laps U.S. in Math, Science
- Among wealthy nations, the United States ranked 23rd in science and 31st in math in standardized tests. Our high-school seniors competed poorly in advanced math and physics. We rank 27th in college graduates with degrees in math and science.
Reference: Clif Cleaveland. Timesfreepress.com. June 14, 2012.
Georgia's SAT Scores Up, But Still Below National Average
- Seven of the 20 schools with the highest average scores on the SAT are in Fulton. The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology had the highest three-section score in the state, 1941 out of a possible 2400.
- Even with the uptick in statewide scores, Georgia’s critical reading and math score still lagged behind the national score of 1010.
- Among the dozen states where at least 70 percent of graduating seniors took the SAT, only Delaware (918), Maine (942) and South Carolina (969) had lower scores than Georgia.
Reference: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (ajc.com). September 24, 2012
Georgia Students Struggle on Test Tied to Common Core Math Course
- Just under 59 percent did not meet the standard set for an end-of-course test after they took a new algebra course tied to the common core.
Reference: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (ajc.com). February 11, 2013