Fake Diplomas

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

It is perhaps appropriate, although distressingly so, that in our increasingly ersatz society, education is in the vanguard. “Earlier this month, the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, aka The Nation’s Report Card, was released,” economist Walter Williams pointed out in a column which appeared on Townhall on April 25, 2018. “It’s not a pretty story.”

“Only 37 percent of 12th-graders tested proficient or better in reading, and only 25 percent did so in math. Among black students, only 17 percent tested proficient or better in reading, and just 7 percent reached at least a proficient level in math.”

“The atrocious NAEP performance is only a fraction of the bad news. Nationally, our high school graduation rate is over 80 percent. That means high school diplomas, which attest that these students can read and compute at a 12th-grade level, are conferred when 63 percent are not proficient in reading and 75 percent are not proficient in math. For blacks, the news is worse. Roughly 75 percent of black students received high school diplomas attesting that they could read and compute at the 12th-grade level. However, 83 percent could not read at that level, and 93 percent could not do math at that level.”