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March 03, 2011

So How Does Brokeass, Dumbass, Redneck Texas Stack Up Against Progressive Unionized Wisconsin?

2009 4th Grade Math

White students: Texas 254, Wisconsin 250 (national average 248)
Black students: Texas 231, Wisconsin 217 (national 222)
Hispanic students: Texas 233, Wisconsin 228 (national 227)

2009 8th Grade Math

White students: Texas 301, Wisconsin 294 (national 294)
Black students: Texas 272, Wisconsin 254 (national 260)
Hispanic students: Texas 277, Wisconsin 268 (national 260)

2009 4th Grade Reading

White students: Texas 232, Wisconsin 227 (national 229)
Black students: Texas 213, Wisconsin 192 (national 204)
Hispanic students: Texas 210, Wisconsin 202 (national 204)

2009 8th Grade Reading

White students: Texas 273, Wisconsin 271 (national 271)
Black students: Texas 249, Wisconsin 238 (national 245)
Hispanic students: Texas 251, Wisconsin 250 (national 248)

2009 4th Grade Science

White students: Texas 168, Wisconsin 164 (national 162)
Black students: Texas 139, Wisconsin 121 (national 127)
Hispanic students: Wisconsin 138, Texas 136 (national 130)

2009 8th Grade Science

White students: Texas 167, Wisconsin 165 (national 161)
Black students: Texas 133, Wisconsin 120 (national 125)
Hispanic students: Texas 141, Wisconsin 134 (national 131)

To recap: white students in Texas perform better than white students in Wisconsin, black students in Texas perform better than black students in Wisconsin, Hispanic students in Texas perform better than Hispanic students in Wisconsin. In 18 separate ethnicity-controlled comparisons, the only one where Wisconsin students performed better than their peers in Texas was 4th grade science for Hispanic students (statistically insignificant), and this was reversed by 8th grade. Further, Texas students exceeded the national average for their ethnic cohort in all 18 comparisons; Wisconsinites were below the national average in 8, above average in 8.

What I think would be even more interesting would be an additional breakdown based upon poverty level and English language learners – and then statistics the makeup of the student body of Wisconsin to that of Texas. Once you looked at those figures, you would see clearly why Wisconsin might, at first glance look better in the aggregate statistics than Texas. After all, Wisconsin is whiter and more affluent than Texas, with significantly fewer students whose first language is not English, and so I suspect that would explain away some of Texas’ alleged deficiencies if one looks at raw, undifferentiated data. Oh, and by the way – it is interesting to note that Wisconsin’s unionized teachers make in the top half of salaries in the nation and have incredibly generous benefits while the non-union teachers of Texas are in the bottom third for average salary and have benefits that are nowhere near as generous as those given their Wisconsin counterparts. So it is clear that we Texas teacher do more with less than those in Wisconsin.

H/T Iowa Hawk





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You clearly don't understand the problem or statistics. What Texas needs to do is bring those scores down for white people. Until you do the system is racist. Isn't that what liberalism is all about? We have too much disparity in income we need to tax the rich and bring their net down to what poor people get. Isn't socialism all about regressing to the mean?

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