Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Whew....We passed !!!

It seems the folks at the U S Chamber of Commerce think that good schools are good business - and serious business. Their 84-page assessment titled “Leaders and Laggards” provides a business perspective on the effectiveness of state education systems and assigns letter grades to each state based on indicators related to student achievement, teacher quality, and school management.

But Kentucky only scores a D for academic achievement. Considering factors like state effort, a D may be better than Kentucky has a right to expect. A “return on investment” grade rates states on student performance per dollars spent, controlled for poverty. There, Kentucky scores a B.

Other Kentucky scores:
  • Acdemic achievement of low income students = C
  • Truth in Advertising about student proficiency = C
  • Rigor of standards = C
  • Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness = D
  • 21st century Teaching Force = C
  • Flexibility in Management and Policy = B
  • Data Quality = B
See the complete article and report at Education Week.

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