Education Reform

Too often, the traditional public-school model fails students and teachers. Charter schools, scholarship tax credits, and merit pay are giving students a better education and teachers a better career.

<p>Too often, the traditional public-school model fails students and teachers. Charter schools, scholarship tax credits, and merit pay are giving students a better education and teachers a better career. </p>

What should Americans know about America? More than they do, that's for sure.

A couple of weeks ago the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute released results of a civics survey it conducted of state high school students, drawing questions from the test U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers to prospective Americans.

Nine out of 10 failed.

The Goldwater Institute's Matt Ladner released a study that showed only 3.5% of Arizona high school students can pass the U.S. Citizenship test--a test that 9 out of 10 immigrants pass the first time. He sat down with KTVK Channel 3 to discuss his findings.

Watch it here.

The Goldwater Institute attracted national attention after it released a study that showed only 3.5% of Arizona high school students can pass the U.S. Citizenship test--a test that 9 out of 10 immigrants pass. The study's author, Dr. Matthew Ladner, appeared on the Dennis Prager radio program to detail the findings.

Listen to it here.

Questions have been raised about results of a polling survey cited in the material that had been posted on this web page.

 

Despite the fact that American students enjoy higher average family incomes and per-pupil funding, they consistently rank near the bottom in international examinations of high school achievement. Many researchers point to the United States’ poor practices of recruiting, training, compensating, and retaining teachers. The highest-achieving countries tend to recruit their teachers from the top 5 percent of university graduates; however, on average, American K-12 schools recruit from the bottom third.

Like most states, Arizona finances its public schools through the application of complex formulas, some of which depend on enrollment and some of which rely upon categories of spending.

THE GOLDWATER INSTITUTE EDUCATION CONFERENCE

Market-Based Blueprints for Education Reform in Arizona: Preschool through Postsecondary

with Keynote Speaker

Terry M. Moe, Ph.D.

KPNX 12 News reports on  Opening the Books, the Goldwater Institute's 2006 annual analysis of Arizona public school finance.

Dr. Matt Ladner talks with KFYI's Terry Gilberg about graduation rates in Arizona and offers a prescription for changing the 41% high school drop-out rate.

Dr. Matthew Ladner talks with Terry Gilberg from KFYI about a number of education topics from school start times to personalized learning plans.

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