More than half of graduating high school students in America—57 percent—may not be successful in college, based on sat test scores and the College Board’s calculated college and career readiness benchmark. President of the organization Gaston Caperton evaluated this state of education as “a call to action,” saying: “Our nation’s future depends on the strength of our education system. When less than half of kids who want to go to college are prepared to do so, that system is failing.”
Other stats indicate this declining trend in education in the United States. The average sat reading score for the high school class of 2012 was 496 out of a possible 800. This is the lowest score since 1972—40 years ago. And this, as The Foundry noted, at a time when tuition is at its highest.