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Test scores don’t budge in response to money

Despite billions spent by Congress and trillions spent by states, many U.S. students struggle with reading and math.

The federal government has spent more than $293 billion in the past decade to improve student academic performance, on top of a combined $5.5 trillion spent by the states. But despite priority treatment from Presidents Bush and Obama, reading and math proficiency levels haven't budged.  A quarter of high school seniors don't meet basic reading standards and a third fall below basic math proficiency.

Today’s video gives more of the story; share it with your friends. Then, as always, dig into “What Do Others Say?” for views on the links between money and student performance.

What do others say?

  • : New York University: “Does Title I increase spending and improve performance?” More

  • : Heritage Foundation: “Does spending more on education improve academic achievement?” More

  • : Brookings Institution: “No Child Left Behind” More

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