Scores Keep Climbing?

The Wichita Eagle says that Wichita schools “Scores Keep Climbing.”

But read beyond the headline and you find that the picture isn’t uniformly rosy: Forty-five elementary schools posted gains in reading, while 10 were down. Among middle schools, 10 posted gains while seven went down. And, we read: By comparison, the percentage of high school students passing in reading increased by 4.1 percent and the percentage passing math fell by 9.1 percent.

Expect opponents of market-based reforms to focus on the positive and ignore the still-pressing need for change.

The Eagle editorial on the subject praises the small-school effort. That’s fine. But it also returns to the old standby of “more resources” while ignoring the role of choice and competition.

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