Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Wisconsin schools are getting worse, not better

It is time for state officials and WEAC to stop pulling the wool over the eyes of Wisconsin taxpayers.

It is time to just tell the truth- Wisconsin schools are failing.

A new study comes down hard on Wisconsin for not setting stronger academic standards - ranking it 46th of the 50 states and giving it an overall "D-" grade.

It's the fourth time in three months that a national study has accused state officials of shirking their responsibilities, particularly to minority students and those from low-income homes. Two national education reformers said Monday that Department of Public Instruction officials have misled citizens about their work to improve the quality of education in Wisconsin.

The report being released today by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation in Washington uses harsh terms in critiquing the standards that are intended to guide instruction in Wisconsin schools. "Depth is nowhere to be found," it said of the science standards. "This document has no structure or method," it said of the world history standards. "Skimpy content and vague wording," it said in describing the math standards.

D- ? Is the best that we can do in Wisconsin?

Haycock said, "If you want both your kids and your schools to work harder to get more kids prepared for the 21st century, you have to start by being honest about where you are." She said many students who were being rated as proficient in reading under Wisconsin's state tests are not rated as proficient on NAEP tests.


Cate said...

Real improvement will never happen in this state until WEAC's stanglehold over the election process is lessoned. They're the problem with education in this state and, sadly, most of its members don't even realize it and really are concerned about improving the quality of our children's education.

jeff said...

The real way to change education is for parents to be actively involved in their children's schools and to be heard and seen at Board of Education meetings every time not just when there is an issue which affects them personally(i.e. the cuts in the music programs or sports programs). They need to be as vocal when it comes to policy formation and program planning in their District.