By: Dick Manasseri
Michigan is the only state in America to make zero progress in 4th and 8th grade Math and reading test results between 2003 and 2013, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has just released their Report Card on American Education: K-12 Performance, Progress and Reform monograph which includes a detailed analysis of the NAEP testing results.
One of the study’s findings: “State academic achievement improved from 2003 to 2013, at least in one subject, with only a single exception – Michigan.”
The report breakdowns the scores by subject, grade, all students, low-income students, etc.
- Educational Policy Grade: C+
- Private School Choice Program: F
- Teacher Quality and Policies Overall: B-
- Delivering Well Prepared Teachers: D
- Exiting Ineffective Teachers: C+
- Annual Cost per Student: $12,644
- 2013 Ranking: 40
Neighboring Indiana ranks fourth in the country for 2013. Indiana has a private school choice program grade of A compared to Michigan’s grade of F.
Our students are now competing internationally for job opportunities; study co-author Dr. Matthew Ladner provides interesting commentary on that score.
“… international results show that the United States is world-class in spending per pupil, not so much in learning per pupil, and that our results for black and Hispanic students are closer to those of Mexico than of South Korea, despite the fact that Mexico has a far larger poverty problem and spends a small fraction of American spending,” notes Ladner.
Images: InfoWars, NAEP.