Hawkeye Review: Is Iowa still the Education State?
Excerpted from this post at Hawkeye Review
This is the best time of year for Iowa's top industry. Farming?
Manufacturing? No, we're the Education State. This week, schools turn
out yet another vintage of our top-selling product. Will "Iowa 2009"
vintage be among the best ever? Too early to tell, but concurrent to
the college and high school graduation parties many of us will attend
for family and friends, a lot of data is being released. And it is not
all good news. The National Center for Education Statistics released
the oft-quoted "National Report Card" in the last couple of weeks. The
result? Despite skyrocketing spending, and good progress amongst
elementary school aged kids, U.S. high-school students' progress has
stalled, with no significant gains in reading or math for over 35