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Friday, November 12, 2010

How do US Students Perform in Academic Subjects?

One of our latest posts laid out how the left and the right are calling for the abolishment of the Department of Education.

Remember the chart showing the increased spending (180%) over 40 years of federal education funding and flat testing scores? This enormous amount of money has produced not what the Department hoped for...increased achievement scores.

Here are graphs you can access from the Atlantic concerning scores between states and countries on academic subjects:

To see which countries produce the most competitive workers for a global economy, it helps to consider what percentage of their private and public school teenagers score highly on standardized math tests. A new study published in Education Next and shared in advance with the Atlantic lets us compare kids in 57 countries to 50 states and 10 big-city school districts. Prepare to be surprised.

What have we been paying for the last 40 years? Perhaps the left and the right are correct when calling for the abolishment of the Department of Education. It's time to be truly innovative. The Federal Government has not prepared our students to be "globally competitive". Why should it be different with even more encroaching mandates?

The Atlantic says "prepare to be surprised". It's not a pleasant surprise.

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