Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Good report card

By Mustang Bobby

This is very good news.

The nation’s 9-year-olds and 13-year-olds are posting better scores in math and reading tests than their counterparts did 40 years ago, and the achievement gap between white students and those of color still persists but is narrowing, according to new federal government data released Thursday.

The scores, collected regularly since the 1970s from federal tests administered to public and private school students age 9, 13, and 17, paint a picture of steady student achievement that contradicts the popular notion that U.S. educational progress has stalled.

“When you break out the data over the long term and ask who is improving, the answer is . . . everyone,” said Kati Haycock, president of the Education Trust, a nonprofit organization that works to close the achievement gap between poor and privileged children. “And the good news, given where they started, is that black and Latino children have racked up some of the biggest gains of all.”

Imagine how much better they could do if they had good facilities to work in, if salaries for teachers and support staff were competitive with the private sector to keep them in the jobs, and the Jesus-freaks would stop trying to replace science with mythology.

HT to LGM.

(Cross-posted at Bark Bark Woof Woof.)


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  • I'd reserve celebration until I could compare the tests that were given. These gains are illusory if the tests have simply been made easier to pass.

    By Blogger Ufansius, at 2:57 PM  

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