The US Department of Education supplies ~10% of the State/Local revenue. For that 10% they impose all sorts of rules and requirements. States and districts have gotten so desperate for money over time they fear doing anything that will staunch that flow of money. The ESSA (which replaced the No Child Left Behind failure) is the latest carrot. Common Core and associated testing must be used under threat of loss of funds. These programs started under Lyndon Johnson in the mid 1960’s so we are nearly 60 years later…which should be enough time to figure out the value…right?
So does any of this Federal money and intervention do any good? Answer: NO!
Test scores in math and reading…going nowhere. Forty-nine out of 50 states were stagnant on the 2017 report card, and achievement gaps persist. Historically, federal education spending has been appropriated to close gaps, yet this spending—more than $2 trillion in inflation-adjusted spending at the federal level alone since 1965—has utterly failed to achieve that goal.
In terms of the percentage of American students considered proficient in math and reading, the 2017 report card has little to cheer.
- 37 percent of fourth-graders scored proficient or better in reading, unchanged from 2015.
- 36 percent of eighth-graders scored proficient or better in reading, significantly better than in 2015, when 34 percent of eighth-graders reached proficiency or better. This was the only subject and grade level to show any significant improvement since 2015.
- 40 percent of fourth-graders scored proficient or better in math, unchanged from 2015.
- 34 percent of eighth-graders scored proficient or better in math, which was not significantly different from 2015.
- Worthless waste of trillions of taxpayer dollars.
What can you do?
- Contact your local school board and tell them to tell OSPI (Washington State or your state) to stop this nonsense. (No district or state who didn’t comply has lost a cent)
You can read the reference article at: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/04/10/nations-report-card-shows-federal-intervention-has-not-helped-students/