Wonder what you would find if you frisked the students of Detroit, Michigan?
Answer: They scored the record low on a national math test.
Being a Michigander myself, this is some real depressing news. Ouch:
Detroit Public Schools students posted the worst math results ever recorded in the 40-year history of a prestigious nationwide test, according to scores released today.
Sixty-nine percent of fourth-graders and 77 percent of eighth-graders scored below basic skill levels in math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a standardized test that serves as a nationwide yardstick in measuring student learning.
“These numbers are only slightly better than what one would expect by chance as if the kids had never gone to school and simply guessed at the answers,” said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Washington-based Council of the Great City Schools, which represents large urban school districts. “These numbers … are shocking and appalling and should not be allowed to stand.”
The average composite score for fourth-graders was 200 (on a scale of 0-500), and the national average was 239. The results show DPS students had trouble with basic skills. Just 33 percent of fourth-graders could subtract 75 from 301, whereas 67 percent of kids nationwide correctly computed the answer.
The average composite score for eighth-graders was 238 (not comparable to the fourth-graders’ scale), whereas the nationwide average was 282. Students had trouble on questions ranging from geometry to estimation.
Here’s the results and a couple sample questions:
The rest of Michigan’s students seemed to perform quite well, but something obviously needs to change in the city of Detroit’s academic plan. It’s time for politicians and educational leaders to stop playing politics while the children are struggling to comprehend simple concepts. Otherwise, the state of Michigan will be responsible for slightly encouraging another generation to grow up and depend on money from a President’s “stash.”