Grade 12 National Assessment Of Educational Progress

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When national, state, and local dropout and graduation rates are published, it is difficult to deny that U.S. middle and high school students are in need of special literacy and/or mathematics supports to reverse the current trends. In 2003, a commission established by the National Assessment Governing Board (Governing Board) to review and make suggestions about indicators of academic preparedness for postsecondary education and training recommended the use of the grade 12 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP, 2014). A combination of factors were considered for academic readiness and preparedness for entry-level college coursework, such as core subject or content knowledge, cognitive strategies (problem solving, reasoning,…show more content…
Only 39% of the 2014 ACT-tested graduates have a strong likelihood of experiencing success in entry-level college courses. With the push to improve the college and career readiness of U.S. students, it is incumbent that teaching be done to a higher standard and that more students enroll in the core curriculum. Additionally, the rigor of the instruction within the core curriculum must be improved. All students would benefit from systematic guidance and feedback regarding their academic progress beginning early in the educational process. According to ACT (2014) research, younger students who take rigorous curricula are more prepared to graduate from high school college or career ready, and “the level of academic achievement that students attain by 8th grade has a larger impact on their college and career readiness by the time they graduate from high school than anything that happens academically in high school” (ACT, 2008). In his speech at the National Education Summit on High Schools, Gates (2005) asserted that approximately 40% of high school graduates lack the literacy skills employers expect. The sole purpose of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is to advance equity and they believe they can do most to promote equity through education. High schools were designed fifty years ago
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