ERIC Number: ED471086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-1
Report Card on American Education: A State-by-State Analysis, 1976-2001.
American Legislative Exchange Council, Washington, DC.
The results of this ninth edition of the "Report Card" echo those of past editions. Despite substantial increases in resources being spent on elementary and secondary education over the past two decades (per pupil expenditures have increased by 22.6% after adjustment for inflation), student performance has improved only slightly. At the time of the report, 74% of U.S. eighth graders were performing below proficiency in mathematics. The "Report Card": displays in various ways more than 100 measures of educational resources and achievement, strengthening the growing consensus that simply increasing spending on education is not enough to improve student performance. These measures and the analyses based on them confirm that there is no evident correlation between pupil-to-teacher ratios, spending per pupil, and teacher salaries and educational achievement as measured by various standardized test scores. It appears that improvement is only realized when accountability, choice, and competition are injected into the current educational system. Increasing parental choice and forcing schools to compete in an open educational market can bring about improvements in U.S. schools. Following reports for each state, the indicators in this report are grouped into these chapters: (1) "Measures of Educational Inputs"; (2) "Measures of Education Outputs"; (3) "Measures of Correlations between Inputs and Outputs"; and (4) "Basic Educational Demographics and Charter School Info." Appendixes contain a description of methodology and technical notes, a bibliography, and endnotes. (Contains 92 tables, 25 figures, and 15 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Legislative Exchange Council, Washington, DC.
Note: For the prior year's report, see ED 456 497.