I’ve now discussed three of the many incomplete or incorrect Kentucky teachers’ union claims about charter schools. The first deals with how the union folks only cite certain findings from a major report while the second deals with the union penchant to try to fool you into thinking charter schools are really private schools.
The third post exposes the ridiculous union assertion that Kentucky doesn’t need charter schools because our School Based Decision Making Councils (SBDM) cut through red tape and empower our school administrations.
Today, I’ll touch on another claim – Kentucky’s public schools outperform schools in adjoining states.
Before you buy into that nonsense, take a look at this map, which shows states where white students outscored whites in Kentucky (shaded green), tied Kentucky’s whites (shaded tan), or did worse than Kentucky’s whites (just 3 states, shaded salmon color) in the 2011 NAEP Grade 8 Math Assessment. This map was generated using the Main NAEP Data Explorer tool.
Oh, Yeah! Kentucky has lots of poor kids. It does indeed. But, that excuse doesn’t work, either. When you run the data from the NAEP for white students who are eligible for free and reduced cost lunches, it turns out the Bluegrass State only outscores TWO other states in the 2011 NAEP Grade 8 Math Assessment.
So, just keep this slide in mind the next time someone starts spouting off about how Kentucky ranks 33rd or 14th or whatever in state rankings. In eighth grade math, our white students are in a tie for something like fourth worst in the nation. And, Kentucky is nearly all white.
If you have the courage, click the “Read more” link to learn still more.