The headline in Sunday’s NTH noted that Coweta high school students outperformed the state in Milestone Assessment exams.
While our local school system and teachers should be commended for all that they do for our students, the exam results raise serious questions about the overall preparedness of our young people to compete in the global economy. Per the data in the newspaper article, the percentage of ninth-graders who need substantial or additional academic support – i.e., who are not fully proficient – in literature and composition – 36 percent, in American literature and composition – 44 percent, in algebra I – 57 percent, in geometry – 56 percent, in biology – 35 percent, in U. S. history – 40 percent and in economics – 44 percent.
Let me reiterate that we should be proud of our school system and the teachers who work so hard to prepare our students for their life’s journey. As a senior citizen, however, I am concerned about the future of our society if significant percentages of our ninth-graders are not fully proficient in such basic subjects as literature, history and economics.
As ninth-graders, they only have a few years of schooling left before they will be entering the workforce.