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Wracked with frustration over the state's legions of unprepared high school graduates, the California State University system next summer will force freshmen with remedial needs to brush up on math or English before arriving on campus.

From 1970 to 2010, per-pupil expenditure on public elementary and secondary education rose by 327 percent in dollars adjusted for inflation. Over the same period, high school students' scores on the NAEP rose not at all. In reading, they scored 285.2 in 1971 and 296 in 2008. In mathematics, they scored 304 in 1973 and 306 in 2008. In other words, achievement stubbornly failed to improve even when we "improved" schools in ways that required enormous increases in resources. -Caroline M. Hoxby Go To Site

Over the last five decades, in fact, U.S. education spending has skyrocketed by 350%, yet achievement levels have remained stagnant. -Michelle Rhee and Susan Combs Go To Site

Between 1992 and 2009, administrative staffing rose nearly three times as fast as the number of students. There's no evidence that this astonishing increase in administrative overhead did anything to improve student achievement. Nationwide, schools report that only 51% of education dollars actually make their way into classrooms. -Michelle Rhee and Susan Combs Go To Site

Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Obama, Education

[Apr 2016]: The nation’s high school seniors have shown no improvement in reading achievement and their math performance has slipped since 2013, according to the results of a test administered by the federal government last year... Like high school seniors, the younger students demonstrated lower performance in math compared with 2013. Reading performance dropped for eighth-graders and was flat for fourth-graders.

Government, Incompetence, Oops, Education

Seventy-three percent of American eighth graders tested below the proficiency level in geography last year, according to a report to Congress by the Government Accountability Office (GAO)... The 2014 results showed virtually no improvement since 1994, when 4 percent of eighth graders tested at the advanced level, 24 percent at the proficient level, 43 percent at the basic level, and 29 percent were below basic competency, the GAO reported

Government, Incompetence, Oops, Education

Scores on the SAT have sunk to the lowest level since the college admission test was overhauled in 2005, adding to worries about student performance in the nation’s high schools. The average score for the Class of 2015 was 1490 out of a maximum 2400, the College Board reported Thursday. That was down 7 points from the previous class’s mark and was the lowest composite score of the past decade.

Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Oops, Education

The public schools in Washington, D.C., spent $29,349 per pupil in the 2010-2011 school year, according to the latest data from National Center for Education Statistics, but in 2013 fully 83 percent of the eighth graders in these schools were not "proficient" in reading and 81 percent were not "proficient" in math.

Inadequate spending is not the problem. Cities with some of the worst government-run schools in the country – places like Chicago and Washington, D.C. – spend $15,000 to $20,000 per student. Many catholic schools in these cities spend one-third to one-half less, and get much better results. -Stephen Moore Go To Site

Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Education

The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on Friday released the initial results of an international survey of adult skills in literacy and mathematics, revealing that Americans rank 21st in “numeracy” and are tied for 15th in literacy among adults in 23 advanced economies.

Liberal, Incompetence, Financial, Science, Narrative, Oops, Education

An international survey found that the United States spends more than any other developed country in the world on education, but American students trail foreign students consistently on international tests. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States spent an average of $15,171 in 2010 on each student when college or vocational training was factored in—the highest in the world... But all of the money spent does not guarantee success; U.S. fourth-graders ranked 11th in the world in math in 2011; U.S. eighth-graders ranked ninth. Among 15 year-olds in 2009, the math literacy rate was 31st in the world—lower than the international average—while they were 23rd in science.

Government, Narrative, Education

In 1970, public schools employed 2.06 million teachers, or one for every 22.3 students, according to the U.S. Department of Education's Digest of Education Statistics. In 2012, we have 3.27 million teachers, one for every 15.2 students.

Government, Incompetence, Oops, Education

The situation can be seen on all 112 campuses — students on long waiting lists, those who take years to graduate or transfer and others so frustrated that they drop out. Most of them enter ill-prepared for college-level work. Eighty-five percent need remedial English, 73% remedial math. "We're at the breaking point," said Jack Scott, who served as chancellor of the California Community College system for three years until retiring this month.

Inadequate spending is not the problem. Cities with some of the worst government-run schools in the country – places like Chicago and Washington, D.C. – spend $15,000 to $20,000 per student. Many catholic schools in these cities spend one-third to one-half less, and get much better results. -Stephen Moore Go To Site

Government, Incompetence, Education, Law

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan, its education chief and the emergency manager for the financially troubled Highland Park school district were named in a civil lawsuit Thursday that claims students in the small, urban district near Detroit have been denied proper reading skills. The suit was filed in Wayne County Circuit Court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan on behalf of more than 950 students. The lawsuit seeks education reform. This is about "a right of children to read," ACLU Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss said at a news conference.

Government, Incompetence, Education

MIAMI (Reuters) - Nearly half of Florida high school students failed the reading portion of the state's new toughened standardized test, education officials said on Friday. Results this year from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test showed 52 percent of freshman students and 50 percent of sophomores scored at their grade levels.

Government, Incompetence, Oops, Education

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Board of Education decided in an emergency meeting Tuesday to lower the passing grade on the writing portion of Florida's standardized test after preliminary results showed a drastic drop in student passing scores. The results indicated only about a third of students would pass this year's tougher Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test exam, compared with a passing rate of 80 percent or more last year.

Government, Incompetence, Science, Education

About 22 percent of California's eighth-graders tested on a national science test passed, ranking the Golden State among the worst in the nation, according to figures released Thursday. Scores from the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card, show that too few students have the skills that could lead to careers in the field, educators said.

Public schools in Washington D.C. spend more per pupil than all but one U.S. state (New York), yet only about 56 percent of children graduate from high school. In our nation’s capital, a city flanked by six suburban counties that rank among America’s 10 richest, only 15 percent of eighth-graders read at grade level. -Arthur C. Brooks Go To Site

Government, Incompetence, Education

The lawsuit, filed by the liberal group By Any Means Necessary on behalf of more than 40 black and Hispanic students, argued in part that minority students in some areas are unable to compete effectively for slots to the University of California system because their high-school programs offer insufficient preparation.

Democrat, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Character, Education

The 17-year-old Hill told The Detroit News that so many teachers have been simultaneously absent from school that dozens of students had been forced to gather in the gym or other common school areas. Students also went for long periods without homework, and Hill said he struggled on a recent placement exam at Bowling Green State University, where he's been accepted to attend next year. "I literally couldn't answer a question on there," Hill said. "Right now, I'm not going to be as successful as I should be because I haven't been properly taught."

Editorial, Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Education, Waste

According to the Head Start Impact Study, which was quite comprehensive, the positive effects of the program were minimal and vanished by the end of first grade. Head Start graduates performed about the same as students of similar income and social status who were not part of the program.

Incompetence, Education

Wracked with frustration over the state's legions of unprepared high school graduates, the California State University system next summer will force freshmen with remedial needs to brush up on math or English before arriving on campus. But many professors at the 23-campus university, which has spent the past 13 years dismissing students who fail remedial classes, doubt the Early Start program will do much to help students unable to handle college math or English.

We in America have gotten used to vast gaps between blacks and whites on test scores. But this was not always the case, in places where there was anything like comparable education. Back in the 1940s, before the vast expansion of the welfare state and the ideology of victimhood used to justify it, there was no such gap on test scores between black schools in Harlem and white, working class schools on New York's lower east side. -Thomas Sowell Go To Site

Incompetence, Education

For many students, getting a high school diploma doesn’t mark the end of a high school education. Three out of four graduates aren’t fully prepared for college and likely need to take at least one remedial class, according to the latest annual survey from the nonprofit testing organization ACT, which measured half of the nation’s high school seniors in English, math, reading and science proficiency.

Government, Incompetence, Obama, Narrative, Education

The nationwide decrease is a trend several experts called alarming. College Board, the nonprofit that administers the test, has identified a score of 1,550 as a "benchmark," indicating a 65 percent likelihood that a student will achieve a B- or higher as a college freshman. The average critical reading score dipped to 497 nationwide out of 800, the lowest score in the test's 40-year history. The average writing score also hit its lowest point, 489, since the writing portion was introduced in 2006.

Government, Incompetence, Obama, Education

Raise you hand if you're surprised the Barack Obama-William Ayers multimillion dollar Annenberg Challenge was a bust?

Government, Incompetence, Oops, Education

Inflation adjusted Cost of a K-12 Public Education, and Percent Change in Achievement of 17 year olds since 1970

It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday. Go To Site

Democrat, Liberal, Incompetence, Education

According to a new report, 47 percent of Detroiters are ”functionally illiterate.” The alarming new statistics were released by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund on Wednesday.

Government, Incompetence, Education

An estimated 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled as "failing" under the nation's No Child Left Behind Act this year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday.

The Department of Education estimates the number of schools not meeting targets will skyrocket from 37 to 82 percent in 2011 because states are toughening their standards to meet the requirements of the law. The schools will face sanctions ranging from offering tutoring to closing their doors.

Democrat, Editorial, Liberal, Incompetence, Narrative, Oops, Education

When it come to excellence in education, red states rule — at least according to a panel of experts assembled by Tina Brown’s Newsweek. Using a set of indicators ranging from graduation rate to college admissions and SAT scores, the panel reviewed data from high schools all over the country to find the best public schools in the country.

Incompetence, Education

This is yet another example of liberal Democrats (is there any other kind?) creating or saving government dependency. Detroit Public Schools (DPS) is the most inept district in the nation, graduating only 1-in-4 students. 25%. And those that make it through are not at all prepared for either college or career. Those not dropping out have such bad scores on national standardized tests that Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, had this to say: "These numbers are only slightly better than what one would expect by chance as if the kids had never gone to school and simply guessed at the answers"

Union, Incompetence, Education

In 1998, according to the U.S. Department of Education, Wisconsin public school eighth graders scored an average of 266 out of 500 on the NAEP reading test. In 2009, Wisconsin public school eighth graders once again scored an average of 266 out of 500 on the NAEP reading test. Meanwhile, Wisconsin public schools increased their per pupil expenditures from $4,956 per pupil in 1998 to 10,791 per pupil in 2008.

In 1970, it cost $56,903 to educate a child from K-12. By 2010, adjusting for inflation, we had raised that spending to $164,426 — almost three times as much. Further, the number of people employed in our schools had nearly doubled. But despite the enormous investment, the performance of our kids has shown virtually no improvement.

  The establishment predictably calls for more spending and smaller classrooms — in other words, more teachers and more pay. But more of the same is demonstrably not the answer. -Mitt Romney Go To Site

The final IES report on the School Improvement Grant program is devastating to Arne Duncan’s and the Obama administration’s education legacy...

  Despite its gargantuan price tag, SIG generated no academic gains for the students it was meant to help. Failing schools that received multi-year grants from the program to “turn around” ended up with results no better than similar schools that received zero dollars from the program. To be clear: Billions spent had no effect.

  No matter how the researchers crunched the numbers, the abysmal results were the same. SIG didn’t improve math scores. Or reading scores. Or high school graduation rates. Or college enrollment. SIG didn’t improve elementary or secondary schools. It didn’t help schools in Race-to-the-Top states or non-Race-to-the-Top states. -Andy Smarick Go To Site