Giving Compass' Take:

· Writing for the In Defense Of Liberty Blog, Matt Beienburg explains that when it comes to success, it is more important to focus on what students get from school funding rather than the total amount spent and provide families with the opportunity to choose the most promising educational route available.

· How is student success measured? How could it be improved? How does school choice empower families and allow them to choose the best option for each student? 

· Read more about the future of school choice

What do the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), and The Arizona Republic have in common?

Well, thanks to Republic columnist Robert Robb and several publications from ED and ABOR, the answer is: promoting “scandalous” ideas. “Scandalous,” I mean, for suggesting that student outcomes—rather than institutional inputs—might be the best measure of our K-12 education system.

The U.S. Department of Education administers the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test to students across the country, and the scores compare student performance in each state. As Robb noted this past weekend in his column, the National Assessment Governing Board (which oversees the NAEP test) “recently released a short study hailing the fact that the gains of Arizona students on the NAEP test were roughly double the national average from 2005 to 2017.”

It may sound a bit odd that Arizona students have achieved gains at twice the rate of their peers in other states, especially amid the annual refrain that Arizona has decimated its public school system through funding cuts and the proliferation of uncontrolled school-choice programs over the same period.

Read the full article about school choice by Matt Beienburg at the In Defense Of Liberty Blog.