Math and Reading Skills Not Improving in High School Seniors

Created: 05/07/2014 10:51 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- High school seniors are close to graduation, but many don't have the skills they need to succeed after high school. What's known as the Nation's Report Card shows only about a quarter are proficient in math and just four in ten in reading. These scores have been stagnant since 2009.

“The difficult part with college for a lot of kids is the application part of that knowledge. Kids have the basic skill developments but when you start applying that at a higher level, that's sometimes where we have the difficulty level with kids across all areas,” Mike Schacherer, Huntington Learning Center.

One possibility is more lower-performing students, who in the past may have dropped out, are staying in school. Recent research shows in 2012, the nation's high school graduation rates reached 80%, a record.