Grading Obama’s Education Performance December 6, 2016Posted by geoff in News, Obama's Legacy.
HuffPo tells us that one of President Obama’s 2008 campaign promises was:
I’ll invest in early childhood education. I’ll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries, and give them more support. And in exchange, I’ll ask for higher standards and more accountability.
So how are we doing on higher standards and more accountability? The Program for International Student Assessment, a study which evaluates math, science, and reading skills in 15 year olds in 72 countries every three years, recently released the 2015 results. Here are the results for the United States from 2000 – 2015 (2000 was the first year of the survey; some subjects were added after 2000):
Compared to the other members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD), we’re roughly average in science and reading, and below average in math. You can see where we stand in spending on our students compared to the other OECD nations in this chart I stole from the National Center for Education Statistics (data from 2012):
So we spend quite a bit more than the average OECD country but get average or below average results. And during President Obama’s tenure, the scores for the United States have dropped each time the survey has been conducted.
There may be problems with this survey – I’m not too familiar with it. But at first blush it certainly looks damning.
And that damnation is entirely owned by our current president.