Recently, the parent organization that administers the American College Test to students in Alabama revealed that 31 percent of 2012 graduating seniors did not meet minimum acceptable scores for college entrance in the four measured major fields of English, math, reading and science. Another 19 percent met only one of the four benchmarks. Only 18 percent of all tested students met all four benchmark scores. More disturbing, however, of state black students, only 38 percent in English, 10 percent in math, 22 percent in reading and 6 percent in science scored in the acceptable range for today’s college environment expectations.
Where have we gone wrong in Alabama? Is it staffing and administration, or does it have more to do with priorities? We must all agree that surely it is not for a lack of funding. Our legislative leadership has had ample time to address this issue and reverse our stigma and trends. For heaven’s sake, let’s stop criticizing charter schools if they work.
We should all be ashamed of how we were left behind. To allow today’s kids to lag behind in education is unthinkable and unforgivable.
James W. Anderson