(TargetLiberty.org) – New data shows serious problems in US public schools, with science scores static or declining over the last few years. The Left might argue that we need to spend more on education – but that isn’t the answer.
The Nation's Report Card just came out for 2019 science:
4th Grade: 36% proficient
8th Grade: 35% proficient
12th Grade: 22% proficient
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) May 25, 2021
On May 25, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released its annual report card for America’s schools, and it makes for depressing reading. Only 36% of 4th graders scored ”Proficient” or better in science – and by 12th grade, things are even worse, with just 22% reaching the proficient level.
NCES found that the problem specifically affects public schools, with private schools doing significantly better. That’s despite huge resources being pumped into public schools – more than $15,000 per student annually. In fact, research from 1997 showed that more money doesn’t necessarily translate into better results.
The US public school system is fundamentally broken, with too many students unable to learn the skills they actually need.
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