Skip to comments.Education: U.S. Spends More, Gets Less
Posted on 12/17/2013 9:00:27 AM PST by MichCapCon
The United States is spending more and getting less when it comes to education.
On a test designed to compare student outcomes by country, children in the U.S. scored poorly. The test, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), is administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and includes 34 OECD countries, including South Korea, China, France and Germany.
Of the OECD countries reviewed, the U.S. came in 26th in mathematics and 21st in science. The best score for the U.S. was in reading, where we scored about average. These results are unsurprising. The U.S. has lagged behind for years.
Not only did the U.S. post poor scores, but by all measures we should have done better. The United States has fewer disadvantaged students and U.S. parents are better educated. More strikingly, the OECD notes that the United States is the third wealthiest country when it comes to per-capita GDP and spends more per student. According to the report, only Austria, Luxembourg, Norway and Switzerland spend more per student.
One stark example of the comparison between spending on education and outcomes is the comparison between the U.S. and the Slovak Republic. Both countries posted the same mathematics score, but the U.S. spends more than twice as much per student on education.
Some might hasten to blame our low ranking on certain groups, such as students from poverty backgrounds. But our educational shortcomings are widespread we have fewer top-performing students and more low-performing students. The OECD notes that students in Shanghai, a high-performing area in China, are two years ahead of students in Massachusetts, one of the highest performing states.
Also interesting is the fact that U.S. students' scores depend more on their socioeconomic status than students in other countries, including Finland, Japan and Norway. In other words, U.S. students coming from poverty backgrounds are more likely to post poor scores than their counterparts in those countries.
For those holding out hope, Michigan is no anomaly. To provide a better understanding of how individual school districts stack up against their international counterparts, University of Arkansas researchers benchmarked PISA scores to the statewide annual assessments.
This global report card showed that Michigan students would have scored below average on the 2009 PISA. In mathematics, for example, our top-performing school district Forest Hills ranked at around the 75th percentile when compared internationally.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan correctly characterized the nation's performance as "educational stagnation." These results should be sobering for those who claim that the current educational system is not in need of reform.
A good teacher could teach in a barn and get superior results to all the money we spend on schooling today.
NYC spends upwards of 20K per pupil/yr. IIRC.
Eliminate black and Hispanic scores and the US moves into the top tier
The reporter assumes we spend money to educate the chidruns. Education spending has nothing to do with educating chidruns. It is a jobs program to employ unemployable sociology majors, feed the democrat teachers’ unions, launder tax money to the democrat machine, and indoctrinate. Education, if we are lucky, is a side effect. If government were concerned about education there wouldn’t be such militant persecution of home schooling and charter schools.
U.S. government schools don’t work because government/socialism never can work.
abolish the gov , enough already
only military, border control and courts that’s it for gov
education? only if you mean indoctrination!
back to our first Constitution, The Articles Of Confederation And Perpetual Union, overthrown w/the secret Con-Con of 1787, and the coup d’etat of 1789!
The articles had no potus, no congress, no supremes...and none of the alphabet-soup fed agencies of today.
Semper Simplicity and Continuity!
Dick.G: AMERICAN !!!!!
Besides the black and Hispanic issues that we deal with, the article also mentions that we have a larger difference in those with lower socioeconomic condition.
I imagine that in other countries, the less affluent children are more likely to have poor, less educated, but hard working parents.
We have the low socioeconomic children of multi-generational families with less drive to succeed. This would be true of the unmarried, lazy white baby mamas as well as other ethnicities.
This earlier post speaks to your point.
Its caused by poverty and *inequality*
Those poor kids are hungry so they cant focus.
Or they get free food at school but worry about hungry Mom.
And they lack good computers and fast internet at home.
Its not the teachers unions faults, NO-NO-NO
INEQUALITY causes all social ills
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