Florida's 12th-Graders Are Really, Really Bad at Math

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Only 20 percent of Florida's 12th-graders in public schools are considered proficient at math. For those of you bad at math, that means only one out of five. For those of you really, really bad at math, pick your favorite member of One Direction and pretend he's the only one who is good at math. The rest of them kind of suck at it.

According to The Nation's Report Card, released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Florida lags 7 points behind the country's average.

Here's a demographic breakdown of how students performed.

Overall, Florida's score remained flat since the last time students were tested for the Nation's Report Card in 2009. Hispanics were the only group to improve.

"The report issued today shows that Florida's Hispanic students are definitely making progress toward closing the achievement gap," Florida education secretary Pam Stewart said in a statement. "I am very proud of their hard work and thank Florida's teachers for their exceptional dedication to student success. We need to keep the momentum moving forward to ensure our children are prepared for college, a career, and life."

Also notable is that there was no significant gap between boys and girls.

The results were a bit better for reading, but even there, Florida was two points behind the national average.

The gender gap, however, did exist in reading, with girls scoring on average 12 points higher than boys.

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Yesenia Valdes
Yesenia Valdes

Gricel Lopez i didnt help this statistic at all lol

Michelle Schminky-Ramirez
Michelle Schminky-Ramirez

Want proof? Just ask a cashier to give you change without the computer telling them the answer.

DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

I'm a certified college dropout.  Everyone knows 21th century high school are basically  daycare centers

The majority of US politicians couldn't pass a GED test.These candidates are selected on the basis of their marketability and ability to fund raise and repeat lobbyists talking points.Reading, writing, math, problem solving, civics, and logic are not necessary in these offices.

Rina DuBón
Rina DuBón

Both Kids and adult suck at sentence structure, grammar, and spelling, too. And that's a bit more simple than math.

HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

"The gender gap however did exist in reading, with girls scoring on average 12 point higher than boys."

What about writing?  Did they score higher than, say, some of the male MNT staff?

Rosemary Kerttula
Rosemary Kerttula

Because we fail them forward. ..but as long as the schools get that money for that a on the FCAT or any other standardize testing it's all good. .NOT

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