Goalpost Movers Making Little Headway
The parental choice supporters over at South Carolinians for Responsible Government made a mistake …
In analyzing a new report on South Carolina’s graduation rate last week, the group concluded that “South Carolina has gained only 0.2 percent in its on-time graduation from the period from 1996 to 2001.”
Well, it turns out the organization was actually giving our worst-in-the-nation public school system too much credit, as a follow-up release from SCRG noted on Monday.
The pathetic 0.2 increase is an accurate figure, but that’s over the last decade – from 1996-2006 – not just a five-year snapshot.
Of course, there’s absolutely nothing to fear, right?
In the worst economic climate since the Great Depression, South Carolina is somehow spending more on public education than ever before, and in case that doesn’t work (duh, it doesn’t), the people charged with tracking academic achievement will just move the goalposts to make it look like more students and schools are making the grade.
And people wonder why the Palmetto State never gets anywhere!