Tell me again why Duncan was good, but charter-advocate DeVos is bad …

Math scores dropped since 2009 … U.S. now trails 39 countries.

Strikes me that Duncan is an easy act for DeVos to follow as Education Secretary..


The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) recently released its 2015 survey results for math “literacy” … and, the results aren’t pretty.

The average for 15-year-old U.S. students slipped to 470 on the PISA scale … down about 3.5% from 2009 … ranking the U.S. #40 among developed nations (see list at end of this post) … 20 points lower than the average of the 35 OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries.

The scores differential versus the OECD countries is roughly equal for the average, 25th percentile and 90th percentile … refuting claims that “our” best are head-to-head competitive with the the rest of the world’s best.




Digging a bit deeper into the numbers ….



In the U.S., whites and Asians outperform the OECD average…



Students attending schools with a majority of well-to-do students score near or above the OECD average.

Students attending schools with a majority of impoverished students score far below the OECD average.



U.S. ranks #40 … Canada ranks #10 …. what’s up with that, eh?



My question: How can DeVos do worse than Duncan as Education Secretary?

Or, as President Trump would say; “What the hell do you have to lose?”



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3 Responses to “Tell me again why Duncan was good, but charter-advocate DeVos is bad …”

  1. SJ Says:

    In any case, it requires a more detailed analysis. I happen to believe that education is pretty much a local issue, even at the family level.

  2. Sam Says:

    “Can we do worse?” is the wrong question to ask, IMO. The important question is “can we do better with a more qualified candidate?”, no?

  3. markdavenport70 Says:

    I like where this logic takes us. Forget about management experience, or education credentials, or proof that you can study an issue and say smart things about it. Or serving on a school board or even a PTA. Or even attending a public school yourself. Or sending your kids to one. No, we just need someone with “passion” and “ideas.”

    Chipotle is trying to recover from brand issues, so perhaps they should hire a new CEO whose only qualification is that she really really likes Tex-Mex food and has eaten at every Tex-Mex restaurant in town. After all, the current CEO has extensive restaurant and executive experience and he isn’t doing so well. Why not let an amateur foodie give it a try?

    Macy’s is closing stores from declining sales. I think they just need someone at the helm whose is a really good knitter. Whose friends love the creative knitted scarves and hats they get each holiday. The retail gurus haven’t been able to resuscitate Macy’s. What the hell do they have to lose by letting a crafter try her hand?

    Oh, and in addition to the qualities listed above, the person also needs to have donated millions to politicians, particularly the ones charged with evaluating her credentials. Actually, that’s the only necessary qualification. #draintheswamp.

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