SpongeBob, SB 5, and ACT

  •  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
    mild counterparts.
  • 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