Yesterday I published a somewhat upbeat report from Stanford University/Hoover Institution Research Fellow Michael Petrilli. Here’s a much more pessimistic reply, from his colleague and long-time education expert Chester Finn.
His bottom line:
“Almost all the major trend lines are flat–at least until you decompose them by ethnicity. Sure, it’s great that minority students have made gains, but what does that do for our international competitiveness if the average score is unchanged or declining? Especially in a time when many competitor nations are moving up on some of those same metrics? And what’s the long-term payoff from early-grade gains if scores and outcomes in high school are flat or declining?”