Tuesday, March 13, 2007

DCPS: Dead Last

The US Chamber of Commerce along with the Center for American Progress and Frederick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute have released a new report titled "Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Effectiveness." The report grades all 50 states and Washington, DC, on nine broad categories including academic achievement, return on investment, truth in advertising, rigor of standards, and data quality. How does DC rank? Dead last, and by a wide margin (see image below).
Granted, there's still the "apples to not quite apples" issue of comparing DC's one school district to states with multiple districts, but however you slice it, its still an embarrassment. The gory details can be found at the report's home page.


Scenic Artisan said...

why is it a case of apples to not quite apples?

cuff said...

Scenic: you're comparing states to a single system; you'd get a more accurate comparision by comparing DC with Boston or Baltimore or NYC or LA.