Boy when IowaHawk gets serious

Posted: March 3, 2011 in media
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he is devastating:

To recap: white students in Texas perform better than white students in Wisconsin, black students in Texas perform better than black students in Wisconsin, Hispanic students in Texas perform better than Hispanic students in Wisconsin. In 18 separate ethnicity-controlled comparisons, the only one where Wisconsin students performed better than their peers in Texas was 4th grade science for Hispanic students (statistically insignificant), and this was reversed by 8th grade. Further, Texas students exceeded the national average for their ethnic cohort in all 18 comparisons; Wisconsinites were below the national average in 8, above average in 8.

Perhaps the most striking thing in these numbers is the within-state gap between white and minority students. Not only did white Texas students outperform white Wisconsin students, the gap between white students and minority students in Texas was much less than the gap between white and minority students in Wisconsin. In other words, students are better off in Texas schools than in Wisconsin schools – especially minority students.

The Statistics are here from the NAEP standardized tests and they make a fool of Krugman and the Economist articles.

Just a reminder, Teachers in Texas don’t have collective bargaining rights.

In the old days it was always known that Jesters had the wisdom in the court, apparently it is still true today.

Comments
  1. dom says:

    Those Texans need their scores to be high or else they can’t play football.

    Texas is a larger state. Has larger, more wealthy, cities. Texas generates more money for education. Of course then Texas will have better schools since it is properly funded.

    Texas has better weather too. Attracting more teachers. Would you rather commute in 60s-90s year round, with thunderstorms or -20 winters, icy roads, blizzards, in long winters and thunderstorms, hail, and short summers? Students would face the same challenges while learning.

    Of course we can make the arguement that the Texas females are more attractive than their cow loving (and looking) upper-midwestern counterparts so the male students would face their own personal distractions themselves.

    Its all relative. Wisconsin has more dairy farmers. Is that because scores are lower than that of another state, say Alaska for instance. No its because Wisconsin has more farm land. Just as Alaskans would be better at crafng canoes and igloos and hunting moose.

  2. Roxeanne de Luca says:

    I had wondered about that – knowing the huge gaps we have in education between different races, and how very white (and married-parents) Wisconsin is, I really wondered about their outcomes compared to other states.

    Glad Iowahawk did the research.