Wisconsin Students Scored Shamefully Low in Reading

M. Catharine Evans
Congratulations to President Obama's Organizing for America goons and Andy Stern's SEIU thugs; through their "persuasion of power" tactics in Madison they are finally exposing the corrupt relationship between government and the unions. The Wisconsin teacher strike is focusing attention on teachers and an educational complex that has squandered trillions of dollars and given taxpayers failing schools in return.

According to the U.S. Department of Education two-thirds of Wisconsin eighth graders "cannot read proficiently." Wisconsin spends more money per pupil than any other Midwestern state.

From CNS
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In the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests administered by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009-the latest year available-only 32 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned a "proficient" rating while another 2 percent earned an "advanced" rating. The other 66 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned ratings below "proficient," including 44 percent who earned a rating of "basic" and 22 percent who earned a rating of "below basic."

The test also showed that the reading abilities of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders had not improved at all between 1998 and 2009 despite a significant inflation-adjusted increase in the amount of money Wisconsin public schools spent per pupil each year.

In fiscal year 2008 the federal government provided over $660 million to the state of Wisconsin in public school subsidies. 

At the end of 2009 Obama backed union bosses when his Department of Labor ruled that they did not have to file a financial disclosure form documenting where billions in union dues ended up. In 2010 he proposed eliminating the need for disclosure permanently. In lieu of NAEP's latest report on reading levels, it could safely be assumed the monies did not go to teacher education or closing the student achievement gap.

Governor Walker should stand his ground; if he does he will discover that the majority of Americans have a great capacity to hear the truth.

 

Read more M.Catharine Evans at www.potterwilliamsreport.com


 

Congratulations to President Obama's Organizing for America goons and Andy Stern's SEIU thugs; through their "persuasion of power" tactics in Madison they are finally exposing the corrupt relationship between government and the unions. The Wisconsin teacher strike is focusing attention on teachers and an educational complex that has squandered trillions of dollars and given taxpayers failing schools in return.

According to the U.S. Department of Education two-thirds of Wisconsin eighth graders "cannot read proficiently." Wisconsin spends more money per pupil than any other Midwestern state.

From CNS
:

In the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests administered by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009-the latest year available-only 32 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned a "proficient" rating while another 2 percent earned an "advanced" rating. The other 66 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned ratings below "proficient," including 44 percent who earned a rating of "basic" and 22 percent who earned a rating of "below basic."

The test also showed that the reading abilities of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders had not improved at all between 1998 and 2009 despite a significant inflation-adjusted increase in the amount of money Wisconsin public schools spent per pupil each year.

In fiscal year 2008 the federal government provided over $660 million to the state of Wisconsin in public school subsidies. 

At the end of 2009 Obama backed union bosses when his Department of Labor ruled that they did not have to file a financial disclosure form documenting where billions in union dues ended up. In 2010 he proposed eliminating the need for disclosure permanently. In lieu of NAEP's latest report on reading levels, it could safely be assumed the monies did not go to teacher education or closing the student achievement gap.

Governor Walker should stand his ground; if he does he will discover that the majority of Americans have a great capacity to hear the truth.

 

Read more M.Catharine Evans at www.potterwilliamsreport.com