Education

NAEP results for 2017 available in interactive visualizations

NAEP results for 2017 available in interactive visualizations

When properly considered, Kansas often underperforms the nation in the most recent assessment of "The Nation's Report Card." The results for the 2017 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, were recently released. I've prepared interactive visualizations of some of the results. To access the visualizations, click on National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). When considering NAEP results, it's important to consider subgroups, such as race/ethnicity and school lunch status, which is a proxy for poverty. It's important because states vary widely in the composition of subgroups. For example, consider an accompanying example from the visualization. We…
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Public education factbook for 2017

Public education factbook for 2017

The fifth edition of data on public schools in Kansas is available. Kansas Policy Institute has released a new edition of its Public Education Fact Book. KPI describes this book: KPI’s fifth annual Public Education Fact Book is a one-stop shop for data on public school information from The Sunflower State. Numerous scientific surveys show that citizens are grossly misinformed on many pertinent facts of public education in Kansas. Aid and spending per-pupil are much higher than many Kansans believe, and student achievement is lower than understood. This fact book series aims to rectify this situation. This document is available…
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Fake news, meet fake research

Fake news, meet fake research

Do you think we have a problem with fake news? Let me introduce you to fake research. Think of the term "peer-reviewed research." What comes to my mind is the academic or scientific researcher, wearing a white lab coat, dispassionately and impartially following the data and experiments down whatever path they lead. But it isn't always that way. Retraction Watch tracks research papers that have been retracted. There are a variety of reasons for retractions. Honest mistakes are made, yes. But striking is how much outright and blatant fraud exists in the academic publishing world. Here is a sampling of…
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School choice and funding

School choice and funding

Opponents of school choice programs argue the programs harm traditional public schools, both financially and in their ability to serve their remaining students. Evidence does not support this position. The prevalent argument is that charter schools and other school choice programs drain funds from public schools. That is, if a public school student chooses to attend a charter or private school, and if the money follows the student to the other school, the public school district loses money that it otherwise would have received. Therefore, the public school district is worse off, and so too are its students. A rebuttal…
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The nation’s report card and charter schools

The nation’s report card and charter schools

An interactive table of NAEP scores for the states and races, broken down by charter school and traditional public school. Some states have few or no charter schools. In many states, minority students perform better on the NAEP test when in charter schools. The U.S. Department of Education, through the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), conducts the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) every other year. Known as "The Nation's Report Card," it is "the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas."[1. National Assessment of Educational Progress. About.…
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