Later this month the Goldwater Institute will release a study titled New Millennium Schools. I'll use my next few emails as a wonky tease for the study. Here are the first two charts:
So, the United States has very small class sizes, Japan and South Korea have very large class sizes...
The average South Korean seventh grader knows 21 percent more math than the average American seventh grader, despite those large class sizes. South Korea spends much less per student than American schools and has a per capita income lower than the lowest American state.
How do you spend less as a poorer country with class sizes more than twice as large as the American average and still manage to learn 21 percent more?
In Arizona we provide more than $9,000 per student in revenue, and 44 percent of our fourth graders can't read at grade level. How can we get South Korean results? Sit tight and stay tuned. The tease continues next week.
Dr. Matthew Ladner is vice president for research at the Goldwater Institute.
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