For the third year in a row, Education Week gave Maryland’s public schools the nation’s top ranking on its “Quality Counts” survey even though 56 percent of the state’s high school graduates need remediation in order to perform college-level work - up from 47 percent a decade ago, according to the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
“State officials wear Education Week's top ranking of Maryland's schools like a low-cut dress on a Hollywood actress at the Oscars,” writes Marta Mossburg, a senior fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute.
“They hope like many on the red carpet that their décolletage is so mesmerizing the B movies filling their résumé will be forgotten. But they cannot hide the facts. Most students who graduate from high school in Maryland are not prepared for college, much less the working world.”
While student achievement was declining, the amount of state revenue spent on education was increasing from 26 percent in 2000 to 47 percent in 2009, Mossburg notes.
“Why are we spending $15,100 each year per public school student in this state so that taxpayers can then spend $90 million more each year to re-educate the few who make it to college?” she asks.
Good question. And if Maryland is considered the pinnacle of public education, imagine how bad it must be at the bottom.