Spending on education reforms has been centric to the US’ way of moving forward for decades now. The policies over the years have changed for the good of the students with the taxpayers spending on K-12 education rapidly climbed in the past years. However, a study has found out that the increased funding has barely anything to do with student achievement growth.
According to a new report from Michigan State University, education spending pattern showcased a continuous increase in the revenue from 1995 to 2015 in every US state, except Michigan and West Virginia. Ironically, increase in revenue has come despite the economy adjusting to factors like inflation, student population, and the Great Recession.
Moreover, since the published journal compares the stats of the past with present education spending, changes in number easily present the degree of change in the last 2 decades. Therefore, upon its analysis, the Higher School spending stats showcased that they did not offer many benefits in the longer run. This was especially the case on 4th and 8th grade National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores, often called “the nation’s report card.”
The spending thus, as a parameter of development, is falling apart and this is not for the first time that such an event has happened.
According to similar researches conducted in 2016, school districts in Michigan found similar results. The analysis reportedly made use of 28 different measures of achievement in all the schools to reach a conclusion, of which only 1 parameter justified increased use of funds to target student growth.
At the national level, the Cato Institute has been tracking the data for a very long time, and even reported that the total cost of K-12 education has nearly increased thrice as much from 1970. Thereby, clearly portraying that the adjustments made for increasing the number of students fail to justify the spending patterns. Despite which, national test scores have barely changed, even when it is deemed as the best measure available to identify progress.
Education has been an important pillar for the US, but if increased spending pattern still remains the agenda on either sides of the House, the case might fail to yield fruitful results in the presidential election of 2020.
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