How Are Our Schools Doing?
State test scores show that over one-fourth (26%) of the region's 11th graders can't read adequately and more than one-third (37%) aren't proficient in mathematics. That means that our schools are sending over 9,000 young people every year into the workforce without the minimum skills they need to compete.
It's not just high school students that are failing. The problem starts much earlier - all the way back in elementary school. Nearly one-third (29%) of the fifth graders in the region can't read at grade level, and more than one-fifth (21%) aren't proficient in math.
The downloadable tables below show that if you grade school performance the same way schools grade children, only two high schools and 25 elementary schools in the entire region would get an "A," and most schools would get a "D" or worse.
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