Teachers sound alarm on students failing to meet grade level standards: ‘Never seen anything like it’

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Teachers across the United States are sounding the alarm over the current state of American education and claiming that students are being pushed to the next grade level without meeting academic standards.

In a now-viral TikTok, Marquis Bryant said he has been teaching for three years in Atlanta, Georgia, and questioned why nobody around him was worried about kids falling behind in school.

"We all know that the world is behind, like you know, globally, like because of the pandemic and stuff, but I don't know why they're not stressing to ya'll how bad it is," Bryant said. "I teach seventh grade—they are still performing on a fourth-grade level."

Many of the students in Bryant's class, he said, are "well behind where they should be." They cannot do basic computations such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.

"They don't know that ascend means go up, descend means go down. They don't know that quotient means divide. They don't know evaluate the expression because I solved just the problem," he added.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, math scores saw their largest decreases ever, while reading scores dropped to levels not seen since 1992 for fourth and eighth graders across the country, according to the Nation's Report Card.

The average mathematics score for fourth-grade students fell five points from 2019 to 2022. The score for eighth-graders dropped eight points. Reading for both grades fell three points since 2019.

Math scores were worst among eighth graders, with 38% earning scores deemed "below basic" — a cutoff that measures, for example, whether students can find the third angle of a triangle if they're given the other two.... (Read more)

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