Matt Barnum of Chalkbeat
Idaho math scores dropped but remained ahead of the national average. Idaho performed near national averages in reading.
Research shows that test scores predict — not perfectly, but with some accuracy — whether students will finish high school, succeed in college, and earn a good living.
The ruling does not require states to offer funding to religious schools if they don’t already fund private schools.
Their efforts are running up against a national labor shortage and supply chain issues, which are making it difficult to do things like hire tutors or renovate dilapidated buildings.
The national trends suggest that teachers are adopting more lenient grading policies or that students’ improved skills aren’t being well measured by standardized tests.
President Joe Biden proposed a massive package of policies Wednesday designed to reduce child poverty rates and make preschool and higher education more accessible.
But the U.S. Department of Education approved Colorado’s request to effectively cut testing in half — offering a path for other states that want to reduce the burden of exams this year.
The new money comes to nearly $2,500 per student, but high-poverty districts will see more. Some may find themselves flush with cash.