Global Report Card Reveals Truth About CCSD Schools

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(Lori Piotrowski) – If you had misgivings about the education your children were receiving in the Clark County School District, your instincts were on mark. A new study, released on September 27, lets you compare your district’s scores in math and reading achievement with other districts within the state, within the U.S., and with other developed countries throughout the world.

According to a press release by the George W. Bush Institute, “U.S. student performance is surprisingly mediocre in school districts that are often viewed as the pride of American K-12 education.”

The Global Report Card (GRC) study was conducted by Jay Greene, a fellow at the George W. Bush Institute and professor of education at the University of Arkansas, and Josh B. McGee. The researchers compared academic performance, based on test scores, of nearly 14,000 U.S. school districts to the average of a group of 25 developed countries. All but two of these countries have lower per-capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) than the United States.

During his presidency, George W. Bush initiated the “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) act, which has had educators reworking curriculum and testing to improve student achievement scores. Many teachers are not fond of NCLB, which according to the Bush Institute, champions change formulated around the principles of accountability.

The Bush Center states that the GRC goal is to provide easy-to-understand and widely accessible information about student performance to inform and inspire America’s families to stand for excellence in our nation’s schools. The GRC compares student achievement in U.S. school districts with international academic achievement to provide a true global measure of how America’s schools stack up.

The findings from the GRC are being published in Education Next (www.educationnext.org), a public policy journal, and are also available at www.globalreportcard.org where visitors can compare school district data.

Writing about the GRC, Dr. Greene said, “There are an endless number of interesting stories that could be told with this information, but the one that really stood out to us is that achievement in many of our affluent suburban public school districts barely keeps pace with that of the average student in a developed country.”

“People who flee from urban education ills thinking that their children will get a top world-class education in the suburbs may be disappointed. The suburban education is usually better than in the city, but it may not be preparing students to compete for top paying jobs in a globalized jobs market,” he continued.

A school district’s GRC score indicates the level of math or reading achievement by that district’s average student compared to student achievement in a set of 25 developed countries. The score represents the percentage of students in the international group who would have a lower level of achievement. For example, a percentile of 60 means the average student in a school district would perform better than 60% of the students in the international group.

Clark County parents should be afraid, very afraid, for their children’s future.

The rankings for CCSD when compared to the 25-country average are abysmal: 27% in math and 36% in reading. So, a quarter of our students perform better in math than the international group and a third of our students perform better in reading.

If we compare CCSD to schools in Canada, our students fare even worse: 19% in math and 26% in reading.

The study was conducted for a four-year period, using scores from 2004 through 2007. Below are the results for CCSD compared to the international group:

2004                2005                2006                2007

Math                28%                 27%                 26%                 27%

Reading           34%                 34%                 35%                 36%

Clark County fares a bit better when we compare it solely to other districts within Nevada:

2004                2005                2006                2007

Math                48%                 48%                 48%                 48%

Reading           47%                 47%                 47%                 48%

Finally, a comparison of CCSD students nationally:

2004                2005                2006                2007

Math                39%                 39%                 39%                 38%

Reading           37%                 37%                 38%                 38%

The GRC is a comprehensive look at schools throughout the United States. Check out your schools, get your family in other cities and states to check out how their schools are doing.

The Web site provides a wealth of information about the GRC, describes how the rankings were developed, and directs you to resources to educational reform.

3 Responses for “Global Report Card Reveals Truth About CCSD Schools”

  1. Bruce Feher says:

    Didn’t need no stinking study, my kids went to Clark County Schools AKA babysitting service! Thats why my grandson goes to a REAL school. One that teaches kids how to read, write and do math. Also, there are no unions where he goes, a BIG plus!!!!

  2. Laura K says:

    What can we expect when teachers’ unions dictate the quality of education we’re going to be giving our children by their self serving rules? Get rid of these unions and hire teachers who are dedicated in teaching.

  3. Jim Blockey says:

    Have you noticed the more accountability they put on teachers the lower scores go????
    Maybe its time we b..ing about teachers and start expecting more of our children.
    Also, I understand how much we hate the teachers associations and rightfully so, however the the teachers association is not in the classroom with the children, teachers are.
    The teachers association is not the only one not in the classroom… school board members, administration, the media, politicians, community leaders, parents, just to name a few.
    Yet it seems everyone that makes decisions on what should take place in a classroom or everyone that b…es regarding the classroom falls into the category of those NOT in the classroom.
    Does anyone see a problem with that.

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