Grades Rise as Reading Skills Drop in H.S. Study

This is disgusting.  Federalized education is not and will not work.  It’s time to get rid of the DOE. 

Grades Rise as Reading Skills Drop in H.S. Study – New York Times

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 — Today’s high school students are taking seemingly tougher courses and earning better grades, but their reading skills are not improving, according to the results of a national assessment released here today that cited grade inflation as a possible explanation.

Study by National Assessment of Educational Progress (

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the nation’s report card, surveyed transcripts of 26,000 students, comparing them with an earlier study of student coursework in 1990. It also reported on the reading and math scores of 12th graders across the country.

The report offered several rationales for the disparity between rising grade point averages and more difficult course work, on the one hand, and stagnant reading scores on the other, including “grade inflation, changes in grading standards, and growth in student performance.”

Darvin M. Winick, chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the exams, said in a prepared statement that the findings “provide little comfort,” and “suggest that we need to know much more about the level of rigor associated with the courses that high school students are taking,”


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