Despite Perception, Education In US has Gotten Better


The Washington Post (9/18, Rampell) reports that despite the results of national opinion polls, education in the US has actually gotten better. Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress Test shows that scores have been steadily improving over time. However, a Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll shows that while parents think their own child’s school is good, very few would not say the same thing about education nationally. Experts interviewed say that the discrepancy in the polls and the test scores could be the result of media attention on the worst school, an inability to narrow the achievement gap, misplaced nostalgia, or the high emphasis on college education for workers that diminishes the value of high school education.