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Does ‘A’ Now Stand for ‘Average’?

July 19, 2017

School Choice Weekly #186

Getting an ‘A’ on your report card doesn’t mean what it used to, a new report has found. USA Today has the story:

The good news on America’s report cards: More high school teachers are handing out A’s. But the bad news is that students aren’t necessarily learning more.

Recent findings show that the proportion of high school seniors graduating with an A average—that includes an A-minus or A-plus—has grown sharply over the past generation, even as average SAT scores have fallen.

In 1998, it was 38.9 percent. By last year, it had grown to 47 percent.

That’s right: Nearly half of America’s Class of 2016 are A students. Meanwhile, their average SAT score fell from 1,026 to 1,002 on a 1,600-point scale—suggesting that those A’s on report cards might be fool’s gold.

Reminder: The majority of students in the United States attend government schools. Government schools are producing students with inflated egos and empty minds. I’ll let you do the math, and you’ll earn an A if you determine government schools are the problem.

SOURCE: USA Today


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