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Re: “"Let Them Eat Choice" And Other Takeaways From the National NAEP Test Results

'Why are Arizona's scores improving while the nation is going down?"

"No one knows."


The scientific method is to examine Arizona differences for an explanation and to think deeply as to why, logically, these differences might cause the improvement.

Maybe, it's spending per student
Arizona spent $8,300
The nation spend $12,756
Some states spend as much as $22,358
That's $3.5 billion to $14 billion per year difference

Maybe its the temperature.
Arizona's average temperature is: 60 degrees
The nations average temperature is: 47 degrees

Maybe its annual rainfall.
Arizona's annual rainfall is 8 inches
U.S. annual rainfall is 30 inches

Maybe it's gasoline prices
Arizona's average gas price is $3.03 per gallon
Nation's average gas price is $2.61

Maybe its income
U.S. median household income is $63,179
Arizona's median household income is $62,283

Maybe its Arizona juvenile murders which have dropped from 70 in 1992 to 20 in 2008 to 12 in 2014, the most recent report year. Who knows how low they are now?

Maybe its car thefts by juveniles, dropping from 620 to 289

Maybe its robberies, dropping from 461 in 2008 to 221 in 2014

I don't know, what, oh what could it be???????? What Arizona policy or aspect could be resulting in our test scores going up?

What, oh what, are we doing that's different?

Posted by on 11/22/2019 at 2:49 AM

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