Patti Ghezzi writes in the AJC’s “Get Schooled” blog that Georgia’s students aren’t as far behind their peers as popularly thought:
Pardon the remedial recap, which most Get Schooled readers do not need, but … Georgia is tied for 50th on the SATs, a test about 70 percent of Georgia seniors take. In some states, such as Mississippi, only the most ambitious students take the SAT, with the vast majority preferring the rival ACT.
The only test that provides a national comparison is NAEP. And on NAEP, Georgia students rank in the lower half, but never last or next-to-last. In fourth-grade reading, for example, Georgia’s average scale score of 214 is higher than the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and South Carolina. In fourth-grade math, Georgia’s average scale score of 234 is better than Alabama, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee and West Virginia.
If 4th graders are
in the middle of the pack not dead last or next to last, and High Schoolers are dead last, what’s happening between 4th and 12th grade?