SpongeBob, SB 5, and ACT
September 20, 2011
- State-by-state ACT results
for the 2011 graduating class shed light on the potential of our future
workforce. Ohio’s state report looked at 92,313 students who took the ACT last
year. Of those students only 28 percent met all four ACT college readiness
benchmark scores. Furthermore, less than 50 percent of tested students met the
benchmark score for mathematics, and only 35 percent met the benchmark score
for science. While the results in Ohio are slightly above the national average (25
percent of students reached all four college readiness benchmarks), the results
are still troubling as more and more students are entering college or the
workplace without necessary skill sets to compete.
- An increase in lawsuits related to bullying is causing a serious drain on some schools’
discretionary spending budgets. This
shift of funds from educational efforts into the court system is causing
administrators and teachers to take a more serious look at bullying problems.
- Innovative use of
the iPad is generating impressive progress in schools, especially within the field of special
education. With approximately 40,000
educational applications available on the iPad, this new form of technology is serving
large numbers of students, increasing both efficiency and engagement.
- SpongeBob Squarepants is too fast, according to a recent study. The frenzied
nature of this children’s favorite has proven to have a negative effect on the
ability of kids to follow rules and complete tasks when compared to its more
- Multiple studies
have been conducted comparing public and private sector workers’ economic
status. While both sides continue to
posture, the results of these studies seemingly depend on which side of SB5 you are on.