Concerning 4th graders mathematics: Concerning 4th graders reading:
Net gain: 1 point Net gain: No statistical difference
34% test proficient 58% cannot read at grade level
8% test advanced
Concerning 8th graders mathematics: Concerning 8th graders reading:
Net gain: 1 point Net gain: 3 points
27% test proficient 32% test proficient
64% test below grade level 64% cannot read at grade level
Tennessee, the District of Columbia, and the Defense Department--which runs schools for the children of military personnel--posted gains in both reading and math for both 4th and 8th graders. Most notable among the states that received lower grades is Massachusetts, according to Education Week.
What a disgrace! Comparing 4th and 8th graders' performance, the magnitude of decline in both mathematics and reading suggests a grand failure. Not just an "F" but a really "Big F"!
Yet, if The Motley Monk is to believe the Obama administration, all that's needed is to spread some more of the 1%'s money around, pouring the windfall into failing public schools, in general, and the public school teachers' unions, in particular. Why not place the money that's already being spent into the hands of parents--through vouchers, educational savings accounts, or let the money follow the student--so those parents and their children will be liberated from the shackles of failed public schools? That would be an act not just of compassion, but of authentic social justice for the oppressed.
Let the discussion begin...
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