High school graduation exams measure ninth and 10th grade skills concludes a study by Achieve Inc., a non-profit consortium. In other developed countries, the math skills on U.S. graduation exams often are taught in middle school. The New York Times reports:
The study found that the tests measured very basic material and skills, insufficient for success in university courses or in jobs paying salaries higher than the poverty level, currently about $18,000 for a family of four.
Yet, many high school students have trouble passing these exams. Achieve urges states not to water down the standards.