Despite technological advances and economic improvement in the last few decades, high school seniors are faring no better in reading or math than their peers decades ago.

Officials attributed the bleak finding on more lower-performing students staying in school rather than dropping out.

‘There is a disturbing lack of improvement among 17-year-olds. Since the early 1970s, the average scores of 17-year-olds in both reading and mathematics have remained stagnant,’ he said.

‘Today’s economic trends show the rapidly growing need for college- and career-ready students. These results show that most of the nation’s 17-year-olds are career ready, but only if you’re talking about jobs from the 1970s,’ he added.

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