B4K's ad attacks the NJEA for accepting the "...status quo; and they want you settle for it."
What is that status quo? Well, over at B4K's "Facts" section, they have a page labeled "Independent Ratings of NJ School System." Let's see...
There are four reports cited:
- (EPE), “Quality Counts 2011,”
- , “Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card of Educational Innovation,” November 2009.
- , 2009 State Teacher Policy Yearbook.
- , The State of Standards – and the Common Core – in 2010, July, 2010.
Almost every item here does NOT measure student achievement. What they do measure is whether the state is following the policy prescriptions each particular group wants. Take the last two items: grades on how Fordham judges the state standards in English and math. Well, that's nice and all, but it's highly subjective, and it says nothing about how well the kids in New Jersey actually read or solve math problems.
(It's also worth pointing out that on some of these subjective metrics, NJ does well after all. We get an "A" from CAP for "Removing Ineffective Teachers." I find that funny, considering how B4K keeps airing misleading ads about this very "problem.")
But, to B4K's credit, they do highlight an item that actually shows how well our students are doing; it's based on the NAEP tests, the "gold standard" of educational research. This is the "status quo" B4K believes the NJEA "settles" for:
We have, according the B4K's page, the 2nd highest achieving students in the country.
Will B4K pull its ads if we knock off Massachusetts?