(HorizonPost.com) – The purpose of public schools in America is, at least ostensibly, to prepare students to either enter the job market or continue to college and then find a career path. When it comes to science, at least, The Nation’s Report Card gave the education system a big red F based on data from the (pre-pandemic) 2019 school year.
The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) added insult to injury that the school systems are inflicting on the country’s children by comparing the current data set with 2015. That analysis showed the proficiency levels in this area have remained stable for 12th and 8th graders, but among 4th-grade students, there’s actually a 2% decline.
The Nation's Report Card just came out for 2019 science:
4th Grade: 36% proficient
8th Grade: 35% proficient
12th Grade: 22% proficient
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) May 25, 2021
American students regularly lag behind other industrialized nations when it comes to proficiency in the STEM sphere of education. It doesn’t seem to be due to funding levels because those have increased an inflation-adjusted 280% since 1960, according to the Reason Foundation in 2020.
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