Education reform has worked. Here’s proof.

Apr 2, 2018 by

Lately, a lot of people in Washington are saying that education reform hasn’t worked very well. Don’t believe it.

Arne Duncan –

Since 1971, fourth-grade reading and math scores are up 13 points and 25 points, respectively. Eighth-grade reading and math scores are up eight points and 19 points, respectively. Every 10 points equates to about a year of learning, and much of the gains have been driven by students of color.

It should be noted that the student population is relatively poorer and considerably more diverse than in 1971. So, while today’s kids bring more learning challenges, they perform as much as 2 1/2 grades higher than their counterparts from half a century ago.

Twelfth-grade scores, on the other hand, are relatively flat. One explanation may be that higher graduation rates retain weaker students who pull down test scores. If this is true, then holding steady on 12th-grade scores is arguably a victory. Another theory is that high schools have simply been more resistant to reform.


Source: Arne Duncan op-ed: Education reform has worked. Here’s proof. – Chicago Tribune

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