DeVos Set to Take Over Education System Where Test Scores Have Stalled

DeVos Set to Take Over Education System Where Test Scores Have Stalled

Date
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Excerpt from The Wall Street Journal piece by Tawnell Hobbs:

If confirmed as education secretary by the U.S. Senate, Betsy DeVos will take over a national education system with an improving graduation rate but stagnant test scores, despite a reform effort under the Obama administration that pumped billions into the worst-performing schools.

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Adding to concerns about the current state of the nation’s schools was a federal report this month on School Improvement Grants, a signature effort of the Obama administration to help the lowest-performing schools. The report, which looked at schools that received grants between 2010 and 2013, found the program “had no significant impacts on math or reading test scores, high school graduation, or college enrollment.”

The grant program, started in 2001, expanded significantly under President Obama, with $7 billion in awards going to more than 1,800 schools since 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a research and policy analysis center, said some states and cities with strong plans did well under the grant program, but not as a whole.

“The overall story there is really depressing, it’s frustrating,” Ms. Lake said.

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