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Are we getting our money’s worth from government? 20 July, 2007

Posted by David Anderson in Uncategorized.
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What intrigued me about the education test scores is that we have obvious flaws in our state testing and no plan in place to solve them. We spend millions on our own unique testing system, but we don’t do enough for quality control. 

Read this quote.

“Taylor could not explain why the fourth-grade scores plummeted, but noted DOE employees found through follow-up interviews that some 10th-graders struggled with one essay question because it required social studies knowledge and because they were confused about the audience for whom they were writing.

or

‘Too often there is a disconnect between what is tested and what is taught,’ said Lake Forest Superintendent Dan Curry, whose district’s third-grade reading scores went from 82 percent of students meeting or exceeding the state standard last year to 88 percent this year.”

Ten years and still struggling.

 http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070720/NEWS/707200342.

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1. Alan Coffey - 31 July, 2007

To answer your question, no.

We need to get the government out of the business of running schools. The private sector can do it more efficiently. We don’t have the government run grocery stores, we provide the poor with food stamps. The same model should prevail in the education market.


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