Beebe & Democrats Using Propaganda - AR Is Not 5th in Education
Below is a letter published in the Jonesboro Sun July 6, 2012 explaining this deception by the Democrats -
Democrats, including Governor Beebe, Senator Thompson, Representative Homer Lenderman and others are touting a ranking by Education Week placing Arkansas fifth in the country in education policy and performance. Putting that study in perspective reveals how out of touch Democrats are with reality and/or how deceptive they are in trying to snooker the people.
The very Arkansas News Bureau article touting this Arkansas's 5th place in the nation, noted that Arkansas did receive a "D in K-12 student ACHIEVEMENT, ranking 34th, and a C- minus in chance for success, ranking 44th."
The media biased headline for the story, "Magazine ranks Arkansas 5th in educational policies, performance" was completely misleading. The article continued, "Broken down by category, Arkansas’ best score was in transitions and alignment … where the state received an A and was ranked first in the nation." This means that Arkansas is first in the nation in forcing teachers to follow "experts’" decisions on what and how to teach their students and aligning their curriculum with government standards.
Teachers are not to blame for the D in Achievement; they had no voice in the matter. The government bureaucrats made all the decisions and forced the teachers into compliance.
Another important study by the National Education Policy Center ranked the 50 states in four areas in 2010. Arkansas received an F in Learning Achievement, ranking 49th in that study.
In 2011, based on the ACT scores, only 17 % (compared to 25% nationally) were prepared for college success in all four ACT tested subjects – English, reading, math, and science.
Arkansas is one of only 10 states seeing declines in their graduation rates between 2001 and 2009.
On the national NAEP tests in 2011 (often called the Nation’s Report Card) Arkansas’ scores in 4th and 8th grade were still flat and below the national average, while students in other states made headway in most areas - even though according to Arkansas’ “homegrown” benchmark tests, scores have increased, sometimes exponentially, every year.
The Jonesboro District has much to worry about because their scores, even on these AR benchmark tests, were the lowest in the county in almost every grade level and below state average in several areas – 21 points below state average in 7th grade science. Oh yes, those magnet schools are doing great if you just believe outward appearances – just as our state is 5th in the nation in education!
For 9 points of documentation go to this link: http://www.wpaag.org/Beebe%20touts%20a%20lie%20-%20AR%20Not%205th%20in%20Education.htm