Future Workers Short on Skills

Thirty-five percent of eleventh grade students cannot read at their grade level and 48% are below proficient in math. In Philadelphia, only 27% of 11th graders are proficient in math and 33% in reading.  Harrisburg (PA) City schools are even worse—only 15% of students are proficient in 11th grade math and 28% in reading.

A recent report from the Manhattan Institute indicates that Pennsylvania’s real graduation rate is 81% (as opposed to the reported 87%), but only 40% of students graduated ready for college in 2002.  And Pennsylvania continues to rate near the bottom in SAT scores, finishing 47th among the states in average total score in 2006. 

(Source: Commonwealth Foundation:  www.CommonwealthFoundation.org)


Ira S Wolfe