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.
Causes for Failure:
Reference: 4 Choice 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
GEORGIA READING, MATH SCORES DIP ON NATIONAL REPORT CARD
October 28, 2015
By Rose French and Eric Stirgus, ajc.com Staff Writers
Reading and math scores decreased slightly in Georgia and remain mostly below U.S. averages, with students struggling to improve understanding of the core subjects, according to 2015 data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Frequently referred to as the “nation’s report card,” NAEP tests a representative sample of fourth- and eighth-graders across the country every other year. In Georgia, fourth-graders scored four points lower in math than they did in 2013. Eighth-graders scored two points lower in reading, the data showed.
Nationally, Georgia ranks in the bottom half compared to other states. The assessments were given to a random sampling of fourth- and eighth-graders in public and private schools.
The NAEP tests are viewed as a credible national measure of academic progress. Georgia students have lagged in math and reading for years. In response, state education leaders have sought to increase the rigor of statewide standardized tests to make them more in line with national standardized tests like NAEP and the SAT college entrance exam.
Where Georgia Stands
Here are the national averages, then Georgia’s scores, in these categories on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress. These scores are out of 500 possible points.
- Math, 4th-grade: 240, 236
- Math, 8th-grade: 281, 279
- Reading, 4th-grade: 221, 222
- Reading, 8th-grade: 264, 262