ERIC Number: ED456497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-21
Report Card on American Education: A State-by-State Analysis, 1976-2000.
LeFevre, Andrew T.; Hederman, Rea S., Jr.
This report follows closely on the footsteps of the previous 7 editions published by American Legislative Exchange Council in presenting the basic facts about public elementary and secondary education in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report contains more than 90 tables and 25 figures that display, in various ways, more than 100 measures of educational resources and achievement. These measures and the analysis based on them have become an invaluable tool for lawmakers working to improve America's beleaguered education system. Despite a significant increase in resources being spent on primary and secondary education, student performance has improved only slightly. Throughout the United States, per-pupil expenditures have increased by more than 22.8 percent over the past 2 decades, yet 69 percent of American 8th graders are still performing below proficiency in reading. The report enforces the growing consensus that simply increasing spending on education is not enough to improve student performance. The findings demonstrate that there is no evident correlation between pupil-to-teacher ratios, spending on school infrastructure, and teacher salaries, on the one hand, and education achievement as measured by various standardized tests scores, on the other. The tremendous growth and popularity of charter schools indicate that improving student achievement is not based on dollars spent, schools constructed, or even teachers hired. Instead, improvements are realized by parental involvement, the decentralization of district-controlled public schools, and strong family structures. Appendices include methodology and technical notes, rankings of states by academic achievement, a bibliography, and endnotes. (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Budgeting, Charter Schools, Competition, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, Salaries, Statistical Data, Student Improvement
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Legislative Exchange Council, Washington, DC.