The New York Daily News article used the words shocking and disturbing to describe the math problem on display by college freshman who graduated from New York City high schools. Are they kidding? Are you telling me they did not see this coming?
I take that back. You know, this is not a problem that has just materialized. The lower standards of high school graduates has been on display for the last four years in SAT scores, but more importantly, we know students are not performing as well as they have in the past. I can provide you examples of interns and temporary staff working in Fortune 100 companies with little or no comprehension of math or reading, but boy could their thumbs work a Blackberry keyboard.
And from the NYDailyNews.com… 90 percent of City University of New York freshman can’t get through basic algebra.
More city kids are graduating from high school, but that doesn’t mean they can do college math.
Basic algebra involving fractions and decimals stumped a group of City University of New York freshmen – suggesting city schools aren’t preparing them, a CUNY report shows. …
During their first math class at one of CUNY’s four-year colleges, 90% of 200 students tested couldn’t solve a simple algebra problem, the report by the CUNY Council of Math Chairs found. Only a third could convert a fraction into a decimal.
And get this.
CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein countered that he and [New York City Schools Chancellor Joel] Klein joined forces several years ago to “tackle the problem head on…. At the senior colleges, we’ve seen massive improvement,” he said.
Several years ago? And 90 percent of 200 students tested could not solve a simple algebra problem?
How much money went to waste there?
We’ve discussed student scores before, and directly tied performance to median home income, and back in August Catherine Rampell took a look at College Board statistics on SAT scores and confirmed what we already new. Check it out.