Most of you are probably used to getting a good chuckle out of Iowahawk from his blog or his hilarious tweets. But he got serious earlier this week and used actual facts and figures to obliterate the KnownFacts™ that we are bombarded with by the teacher unions in WI and “experts” like Paul Krugman.
Iowahawk examined published 2009 figures for 4th and 8th graders by race in math, reading, and science. That gave a total of 18 figures to compare in TX vs WI vs USA. The numbers were mostly close, but Texas beat the national average in every case and beat Wisconsin in every case but one (4th grade Hispanic Science). Wisconsin beat the national average only half the time.
I can’t sum it up any better than Iowahawk did.
…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….
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.
He also looked at HS dropout rates, and found that in Texas, whites and Hispanics had slightly higher dropout rates than in Wisconsin (but still well below the national average), but blacks in WI dropped out at a much higher rate than in TX. The black dropout rate in TX was 3x that for whites; in WI it was 6.5x higher. It seems pretty clear that those “progressive” teacher unions in WI must be a bunch of racists who can’t teach any kids nearly as well as TX teachers can.