When both ACT and NAEP scores fall in close order, it’s time to ask what is going on (“Falling ACT Scores and the Dumbing Down of America,” The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 25). The easy answer is that the pandemic is the villain. But the trend for both tests has been slowly downward before Covid.
I believe the reason is that classrooms have become indoctrination centers rather than centers for the basics. As a result, students are graduating ill-prepared to handle college-level work. Sure graduation rates are rising, but they are meaningless because students have not mastered the work.
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