The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that many high school students are performing at unsatisfactory levels in national assessment especially for minority groups.
In an abysmal showing, only about one-quarter of U.S. high school seniors performed solidly in math on a national assessment known as the nation’s report card, reinforcing concerns that large numbers of students are unprepared for college or the workplace.
In reading, almost 4 in 10 students reached that level, known as “proficient,” or higher.
In both subjects on the 2013 exam there was little change from 2009, when the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test was last given to 12th-graders. The national results come from a representative national sample of 92,000 public and private school students.
The stagnation is “unacceptable,” said David Driscoll, chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the exam.
“Achievement at this very critical point in a student’s life must be improved to ensure success after high school,” Driscoll said.
The results follow on just-released research that U.S. high school graduation rates in 2012 reached 80 percent, a record.
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