Tuesday, March 28, 2006

A Lesson in Education Statistics

Human Events Online has an interesting article, and accompanying graph, showing each state's (and the District of Columbia's) per pupil spending for government school students and the percentage of eigth-grade students reading and doing math computations at grade level. NONE of the 50 states or the District of Columbia had more than 44% of its eigth graders reading or doing math computations at grade level! This is unacceptable!

What is even more unacceptable is that I have to turn over a portfolio of my third-grader's work to a local government school official who will decide whether or not I am properly educating my homeschooled child! I understand that all school districts are different, and that the percentages presented in the aforementioned article include students in districts where many negative factors influence thier school performance (or lack thereof). Our school district only spends about $4300 per student (about half the state average), and actually scored much better than the state averages at 63% math and 64% reading (state levels were about 1/3 proficient at math and reading).

In contrast to the government schools, our homeschool budget last year was about $500. That works out to $166.67 per student (one pre-K, one 2nd grader, and one 3rd grader), and 100% of our school's students are reading and doing math computations at or above grade level!

Just something to think about.

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