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Old 04-22-2007, 12:27 PM
 
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From West Virginia which had a ranking of 43. After $1,000,000,000. in consolidation, I am asking if this is or has made an improvement in South Carolina / or other states?
This method has been used for many years in Cali and other states. know of some reliable studies on the ed output?
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Huntersville/Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC
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i'm suprised that Virginia didn't rank higher.
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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I think I know why Virginia got hit on the "Truth in Advertising" segment.

As I understand it, a part of the "No Child Left Behind" legislation required states to report on how their students were doing at meeting the state's educational standards. Virginia didn't have a statewide standard, so they created one. But the set the standard at where the kids were performing, so on paper they were meeting "the standards".
Truth in Advertising About Student Proficiency
Virginia gets low marks on the credibility of its student proficiency scores. While the state identified large
percentages of its students as proficient on 2005 state math and reading exams, smaller percentages posted
proficient scores on the NAEP in 2005.
From http://www.uschamber.com/assets/icw/07reportcard/state_reports/state_report_VA.pdf (broken link)
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Old 04-23-2007, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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This is the only negative subject for me - we are relocating from NJ to MO this summer, and plan to start a family there. We will be choosing exactly what town to live in based on school district, but I suspect even the best school district in MO will not compare to what we are used to in NJ.
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Old 04-25-2007, 09:11 AM
 
Location: The great state of New Hampshire
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My only surprise is how could 14 states actually rank WORSE than Rhode Island.
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Old 04-25-2007, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Gulfport, MS
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MS gets low scores as always. Our education system is one of the critical areas for our state; without an educated and motivated workforce, we're always going to be poor and helpless. I went through the public school system, and I can tell you it's hard to concentrate in class when you're hungry, or because the other kids make life hell for you and the teachers do nothing to protect you. The home enviroment makes a difference, too -- if your parents are ignorant, they're not going to read to you or keep books at home or insist that you watch educational TV.
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:37 AM
 
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This is the only negative subject for me - we are relocating from NJ to MO this summer, and plan to start a family there. We will be choosing exactly what town to live in based on school district, but I suspect even the best school district in MO will not compare to what we are used to in NJ.
I think you might find that true unfortunately. My Dad and step-mom live near St. Louis, and have several friends that are teachers. THe highest ranked school in that area also leads the country in teen pregnancy rates, yikes. They are in the O'Fallon, MO area and the area itself is nice, most of the school buildings are new but I haven't been impressed with the education level of the kids in their neighborhood and they live in a pretty upscale area. It is a little frightening.
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