But they do tell us the truth:
Peggy Carr, acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, which conducts the test, said officials couldn’t tie changes in scores to any particular education policies but demographic shifts may play a role. The dropout rate has improved for every racial and ethnic group, she said, so some struggling students who wouldn’t have taken the test in the past did so last year.
In reading, 49% of Asian students performed at or above proficiency last year. So did 46% of white students, 25% of Hispanic students and 17% of black students.
In math, 47% of Asian students performed at or above proficiency. So did 32% of white students, 12% of Hispanic students and 7% of black students.
But they’re stuck with an unfathomable paradox, unfathomable to them, but not to me, and not to most of you:
Educators and policy makers have long lamented that many seniors get diplomas even though they aren’t ready for college, careers or the military. Those who go to college often burn through financial aid or build debt while taking remedial classes that don’t earn credits toward a degree.
Bill Bushaw, executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the test, said the board was pleased that high school graduation rates were rising, but disappointed in the lack of progress in boosting students’ skills and knowledge.
That’s what happens when grade inflation, social promotion and racial pity mash up; high school diplomas are basically medical certifications that you have a pulse and are breathing at the age of eighteen.
Another point of order: Why are we supposed to get our panties in a bunch over not all high school seniors being college ready? If tertiary education is supposed to be more lofty and more prestigious and more difficult than secondary education, then it stands to reason and is a mathematical inevitability that some percentage of high school seniors less than a hundred, even less than fifty, are truly going to be college ready. If 100% of high school seniors are college ready, then that makes college nothing more than four more years of high school.