60% scored at a level that would put them at risk of not graduating under Rhode Island’s new diploma system.
At larger issue here, however, is what these standardized tests are really showing. Many people know and recognize that there are issues of socioeconomic status when kids take these tests. As studies have shown for years, students coming from low-income backgrounds perform poorly on tests when compared to their higher status neighbors. An article in today's Philadelphia inquirer might shed some light on this when it mentioned that our city has the highest per capita rate of poverty in the country's top ten populated cities.
So perhaps we should have fewer standardized tests and trust our teachers more to do what we were hired to do: teach.