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Report: Md., Va., D.C. slow on 'college readiness'


Many states have made measurable progress in recent years toward the elusive goal of college readiness, according to a new report by the nonprofit Achieve.

Maryland, Virginia and the District have made more progress than some, but less than most. Each state has achieved only one of five college-readiness goals identified in the report.

"What started off as isolated efforts among a few states five years ago has produced a national consensus: All students should receive a quality education that prepares them to succeed in college, career and life," said Mike Cohen, Achieve's president, in a release.

Achieve's fifth annual "Closing the Expectations Gap" report finds that the majority of states, 31, now have high school standards in English and mathematics that align with the expectations of colleges and business. (Meaning that collegiate and business officials were involved in drafting the standards and approved the final product.) In 2005, by contrast, only three states had such standards.

The report tracks progress since the National Education Summit, co-sponsored by Achieve and the National Governors Association.

States show less progress on four other goals.

Twenty states and the District now require all students to complete four years of challenging math and four years of grade-level English to graduate, a sequence Achieve deems adequate for college preparation. Neither Maryland nor Virginia is among the 20, but Maryland has at least proposed tougher standards, according to the report.

Sixteen states have data systems that link K-12 and collegiate performance, up from three in 2005. No local state has such a database, according to the report, although I recall from past reporting that at least one local system, Montgomery County, has gathered and analyzed its own data on college success.

Fourteen states -- none of them local -- have exams in reading and math whose results could be used to measure college readiness. That's up from three states in 2005.

Only one state, Texas, has anything approaching a comprehensive accountability system that measures and rewards college and career readiness, according to the report. (Every state follows No Child Left Behind, but I don't believe that initiative measures college readiness among its many data points.) More than 20 states do, however, have at least pieces of a college-preparatory accountability system in place.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  March 2, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
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And so the mad cycle begins again:

-- Someone notices that half of American high-school graduates are illiterate.

-- Standardized testing is mandated.

-- Tests filter out the stupid kids who can't do third grade math.

-- Someone notices that almost all the filtered-out kids are black.

-- Everyone knows you get put up against a wall and shot for suggesting the real cause. (NOTE: I'm a white Liberal former Head Start volunteer, and I don't like this EITHER, but it seems God doesn't care what I "like"). Sadly, per dozens of published, peer-reviewed, duplicated MRI studies not talked about outside academic journals *EVER*: blacks average 5% and 6% smaller than Asians. (This is not disputed any more. American Psychology Association report: No, it's not the environment. The deficit is seen in embryos just weeks old -- globally). The reason is that the first humans were black, and whites/Asians evolved from them 100,000 years later.

-- Not knowing the truth (and knowing better than to tell it if they did), officials and the public blame the innocent teachers for incompetence and racism.

--The stupid kids (of whatever race) are given "special" tests which substitute drawing scenic pictures for solving math and give credit for "life experience. These are scored individually and subjectively by teachers who know they are about to be fired for incompetence and racism, as mandated by NCLB and happened as recently as last week.

-- Millions of illiterate kids pass the "special" test and graduate high school. Problem solved! Until:

-- Someone notices that half of American high-school graduates are illiterate...

--Faye Kane, idiot-savant

Join a (very heated) discussion about this at my blog:

Posted by: Knee_Cheese_Zarathustra | March 3, 2010 3:35 AM | Report abuse

Quit trying to run the schools like a business. They are not. If we look at all the businesses, banks, etc that have failed and if they can't figure out why? What makes you think they know any better about schools. When the Education Secretary , Mr. Duncan, and the President, Mr. Obama said the firing off all teachers in Rhode Island was the thing to do. It sows these people have absolutely no idea on what to do.

Posted by: skyjumperdave | March 3, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

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