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Posted on 04/01/2011 2:25:43 AM PDT by Daisyjane69
News hit the stand on Tuesday that Milwaukee's Public Schools out-performed Milwaukee's voucher schools on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam, which MJS journalists unfortunately dubbed as an "apples-to-apples" comparison.
As expected, the MJS story elicited criticisms from organizations like School Choice Wisconsin and Hispanics for School Choice noting that a single test cannot properly compare the quality of public and private schools. School Choice Wisconsin stated that the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE) does not track student achievement, thus it is not a true apples-to-apples comparison. Hispanics for School Choice echoed the sentiment adding that the WKCE does not assess graduation rates either, an important prognosticator for post-college success. Hispanics for School Choice said judging MPS and MPCP on a single test is like comparing two films on a few short clippings.
Later that day, the University of Arkansas released data from a five-year longitudinal study turning the MJS story on its head. Not only did voucher students score better than MPS students, but they had higher graduation rates and were more likely to enroll into a four-year college. Although the Journal-Sentinel didn't retract their initial story, it's worth asking, "How do you like them apples?" Some have alleged it's not just a coincidence that MJS published spoon-fed data from DPI only hours before university scholars could publish their results.
(Excerpt) Read more at thehispanicconservative.com ...
Landmark Legal Foundation’s shared voucher victory on behalf of minority children may hang in the balance next week.
Is there anyone who has had esperience with university schools of education, recent teacher graduates, school administration, school boards and teachers unions who believes that students are not allowed to cheat on state and national exams?
Maybe so, but IMHO it's the parents’ decision as to where their kids matriculate. For some parents the moral atmosphere in a private school is more important than the academic offerings.
Make the info available to everyone who's interested and let them make the choice. Far better than depriving parents of a choice out of the gate.
In my experience organizations that have what it takes take on competition head-to-head. Those who don't have to rely on eliminating competition.