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Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 925 -- Education.
With No Collective Bargaining, Texas Outperforms Wisconsin, Nation-
In recent weeks, the domestic political debate has turned to the relative performance of states, economically, educationally, and otherwise. If you've read WILLisms.com over the past few years, you know that conservative Republican Texas pretty well dominates in most economic categories, especially compared to the most liberal states such as Rhode Island and California.
Texas' dominance has sparked a hunkering down, if you will, from liberal commentators and activists. They are fighting to defend their failed left-wing policies, and Texas-- as the embodiment of all (justified) right-wing braggadocio-- is in their cross-hairs. For example, with Wisconsin stealing the headlines over the past month, you've seen a spirited defense of public sector unions and an attack on right to work policies, from the left.
Many on the left have resorted to essentially conceding that, yes, Texas is creating more jobs or whatever, but that doesn't translate to long-term success, because Texas is still filled with poor, uneducated people who are going nowhere in life because the mean Republicans are keeping them down.
Blogger Iowa Hawk really just laid the wood to Paul Krugman and all the other nattering nanny state naysayers on this one:
...white students in Texas perform better than white students in Wisconsin, black students in Texas perform better than black students in Wisconsin, Hispanic students in Texas perform better than Hispanic students in Wisconsin. In 18 separate ethnicity-controlled comparisons, the only one where Wisconsin students performed better than their peers in Texas was 4th grade science for Hispanic students (statistically insignificant), and this was reversed by 8th grade. Further, Texas students exceeded the national average for their ethnic cohort in all 18 comparisons; Wisconsinites were below the national average in 8, above average in 8.
Some numbers and graphics to ruminate on:
2009 4th Grade Math
Fourth grade math scores, sorted by state:
Fourth grade math scores, sorted by race:
2009 8th Grade Math
Eighth grade math scores, sorted by state:
Eighth grade math scores, sorted by race:
2009 4th Grade Reading
Fourth grade reading scores, sorted by state:
Fourth grade reading scores, sorted by race:
2009 8th Grade Reading
Eighth grade reading scores, sorted by state:
Eighth grade reading scores, sorted by race:
2009 4th Grade Science
Fourth grade science scores, sorted by state:
Fourth grade science scores, sorted by race:
2009 8th Grade Science
Eighth grade science scores, sorted by state:
Eighth grade science scores, sorted by race:
The RAND Corporation studied this phenomenon, as well, and confirmed that Texas students outperform their national counterparts.
And while we're on the topic of education, don't miss the two latest television ads from a project I've been working on with Tyson Culver of New Media Wins and the Texans for Fiscal Responsibility crew, Protect The Classroom:
There is ample funding going into our schools. America as a whole spends far more per primary school student than all but three other countries and more on secondary school students than all but two countries in the world. The United States spends far more per student than many of our emerging competitors in the global economy. Far more. It's not even close.
It's not that we need more funding. We need to be a lot smarter and more efficient about our funding. Indeed, it's doable; it's been done in at least one Texas school district:
Hurst-Euless-Bedford began preparing for the budget crisis in 2006....
It's not a pipe dream to trim budgets and still produce excellent results. And Texas has a lot of room to trim.
Previous Trivia Tidbit: Texas Is The Center Of The Universe.
Posted by Will Franklin · 21 March 2011 09:54 AM