1 out of 3; 2 out of 5

How many Kansas schoolchildren are proficient in reading and mathematics, as measured by the Nation’s Report Card? Not nearly enough, as you can see from this page I’ve assembled from data at the U.S. Department of Education.

By the way, what’s happened to school spending during the time period measured there? It’s gone up.

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  • julie  On June 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm


    did you disaggregate this data for charter schools in kansas?

  • John R. LaPlante  On June 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Hey Julie, thanks for stopping by. No, I don’t have those numbers for charter schools. It’s hard to get school-specific scores for the NAEP.

    If we want to compare charter-vs-non-charter schools in Kansas on the NAEP, there’s another problem. Given the stunted nature of the charter school law and culture in Kansas, there are likely so few charter schools in the state that any comparisons would likely not be statistically valid.

    Whether or not charter public schools as a group do as well as or better than standard public schools is an intense debate in the literature. Generally, charter schools operate with less money than standard public schools.

    There are other benefits that a parent may find in a charter school besides test scores, such as a unique curriculum or the ability to have more say in the running of the school.

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