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A Washington Post article recently disclosed the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Every other year, the Nation’s Report Card assesses the performance of fourth, eighth and twelfth graders in math and reading. In 2015, reading scores were down and math saw no improvement, which has been the case over the past decade. This information is confusing to many educators, who are proud to announce that the graduation rate is at an all-time high of 82 percent. However, based on the numbers in reading and math, only 37 percent of high school seniors are prepared for college level coursework in those subjects. How can we improve our children’s scores?

Math

blog-mathMany students struggle in math because there is a lot of memorization required. Formulas can be complex and if you miss one step in a procedure, you get the entire question wrong. In short, it is too much pressure. Most students do not see math as a fun subject or one that has real world applications, the more complex it gets. If the common core allowed for more puzzles and less work on a graphing calculator, our national average might be higher. If you want your son or daughter to be more enthusiastic about math, the instructors at our Academic Tutoring Center for students K-12 can help by providing one-on-one attention.

Reading

A 2014 study revealed that less and less kids are reading for fun. In fact, the number has dropped 10 percent over the past four years. It is no wonder, considering the power of social media and technology. Students have access to detailed book summaries at their fingertips, which means they can likely skip reading the actual book and still get a passing grade in English. Unfortunately, when it comes time to be tested on reading proficiency, the numbers are less than stellar. Poor reading levels start early, too – in 2013, 66 percent of fourth graders in the U.S. ranked below proficient on the NAEP reading test. If you’re worried that your child will not score well on the SAT Reading Test, consider our prep courses.

At Ivy Bound, we are passionate about helping students succeed. Our tutors are enthusiastic about learning, which we hope is passed on to our students. If you’re concerned about these falling numbers having a negative impact on your child’s academic future,  contact us at 877-IVY-BOUND.