New report released from the U.S. Department of Education on Dec. 15, 2016, reveals American students now rank just 31st out of 35 developed nations in math proficiency. It gets worse. The decline in math proficiency isn’t the only subject that many American students are deficient in when compared to their peers around the world. The U.S. ranks just 24th out of 38 developed nations for literacy and reading comprehension.
The U.S. ranked 40th in the world and 31st out of the 35 developed countries.
The U.S. ranked 24th in the world on the reading literacy scale.
Some say that the U.S. must solve the poverty issues in many states down south before we can address the achievement problems in our schools. Other media outlets are saying that everything is fine and that our kids doing well. Some school district have even voted to set the minimum failing grade in its high schools at 60 percent, making it easier for students to pass. By doing this, we are letting our kids know that they have to do the bare minimum to achieve a passing grade. Maybe this is the reason why our students are now ranking 31st out of 35 developed nations in math and 17th out of 38 for literacy and reading comprehension.