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Report: 1 in 5 high school graduates not good enough for U.S. Army



uncle_sam.More than 1 in 5 recent high school graduates nationwide failed to score high enough on a military test to meet minimum standards for enlistment in the U.S. Army, according to a national report released yesterday.

Twenty-three percent failed to achieve a qualifying score on the basic math and reading portions of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, said the report by The Education Trust. Black and Hispanic students had worse rates, at 39 percent and 29 percent, respectively.

The failure rate in Florida was slightly better than the national average, at 20.9 percent.

White Florida graduates had the 10th best rate among states, at 13.0 percent, while black and Hispanic students were better than average at 33.7 and 26.6 percent, respectively.

In Hawaii, Louisiana and Mississippi, more than 30 percent of applicants scored too low to be able to enlist. In Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire and Wyoming, fewer than 15 percent did.

"Too many of us, including educators, have comforted ourselves with the notion that kids who aren't ready for college can find a place in the armed services. These findings shatter that myth and strip away the illusion of opportunity available to undeprepared students," Ed Trust president Kati Haycock said in a written statement. "Our economy, our democracy and our national security demand much more than our schools are delivering now."

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