Idaho is Last?!!
I heard this news this morning and was stunned!
I don't have to tell you how amazing this state is. I have never met a single person since I moved here that doesn't love living here. It's beautiful. The rivers, trees, mountains, cute little squirrels that run around, and great food. So I was shocked to hear that we rank lowest in the nation for kids being prepared for life after high school! In fact 4 out of 5 Idaho teens are not prepared for college or to enter the work force post graduation.
My family just moved here about 2 months ago and I've enrolled my children in a charter school. I've actually been really happy with the school. I feel like academically my children are challenged more at this school than they were in Utah and they do a lot of great things to encourage parent involvement.
That's why I was surprised to see these stats and facts.
- 4 out of 5 11th graders do not meet the Idaho State Board of Education's goal of scoring at or above 500 in reading, writing, and math on the SAT's.
- If students leave high school unprepared for college, they often choose not to go. This leaves kids with a major uphill battle to succeed in the workforce.
- 60% of the jobs in Idaho require a college degree. (Obviously our post high school grads are not prepared for this.)
For more information on this problem and what you can do about it go to dontfailidaho.org