This was on Yahoo today, from the Associated Press:
“Average scores on the ACT college entrance exam inched downward this year, yet slightly more students who took the test proved to be prepared for college, according to a report released Wednesday.
The findings sound contradictory. But the exam's authors point to a growing and more diverse group of test-takers — many are likely scoring lower overall, but more are also meeting benchmarks used to measure college readiness.
Three in four test-takers will likely need remedial help in at least one subject to succeed in college, ACT officials are encouraged to see improvement as ever-larger numbers of students take the exam.”
Students are doing worse, getting dumber, but the powers that be are putting a positive spin on it by declaring more students are “ready” nonetheless. The article does not explain at all how readiness is measured, but people are so dumb that no one will think to ask and just accept everything is OK even though we’re doomed.