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Topic - Gary Phillips
SAT reading scores for the high school class of 2011 were the lowest on record, and combined reading and math scores fell to their lowest point since 1995.
We're moving swiftly into postliterate America, and more's the pity. Many of us can't write a coherent, straightforward, easy-to-read sentence. Nobody but a "tiger mother" seems interested in teaching her cubs how to write clearly.
Overall on reading, "I think we're treading water in the long run," he said, citing other tests like the National Assessment of Educational Progress. "In the short run, we've had a few blips in a couple directions. Based on the international comparisons, however, we're still not doing all that well."
"The race to the top starts with knowing where we stand and how high the bar is over which we need to jump," said Gary Phillips of the American Institutes for Research not long ago in a new report on international benchmarks in math. "We are shooting for a B."