Parents should demand improvement of the quality of their children’s education
The biggest concern parents have is the quality of their children’s education. They want their children to excel in math, reading and writing, and science. They believe a quality education will give their children the best opportunities to become productive, happy members of our society.
Over the past decade, our state has doubled the amount of money is providing K-12 education. Spending per pupil has never been higher. But sadly, we have not seen much improvement in student outcomes.
(WA State Senate graphic)
The state Superintendent of Public Instruction’s most recent report indicates less than half our high school graduates “meet standard” when it comes to math or science achievement tests. Only 60 percent of our children “meet standard” in English language arts achievement tests.
(OSPI Report Card)
When nearly one of five students fail to graduate in four years, that is one more sad problem indicating we don’t have accountability in our school system.
The learning occurs in the classroom. Yet over 40 percent of all K-12 education funds are NOT spent in the classroom. That’s a lot of bureaucracy and “extras”.
Finally, the OSPI report shows under 18 students per teacher, statewide. So overcrowded classrooms are not the problem.
Parents rightly want their children to get the best quality education. Simply throwing money into the same system has not delivered improvements commensurate with our increased tax dollars being spent. We need to fix the system, to insure accountability for our education dollars.
There are some examples of success in our schools that should be emulated. The CAM Academy in Battle Ground does an amazing job teaching our children. They emphasize character. They set high standards and expectations. Over 96% of students regularly attend classes; 93% graduate in four years! They deliver excellent results – 83% of graduates meet or exceed standards in math, 88% meet or exceed standards in English language arts. We need more CAM Academy’s.
Look at the VALUE parents and taxpayers are getting. CAM spends $9,456 per pupil. That’s 26% less than the statewide average of $12,811. Graduation rates are 12 points higher! English arts success is 28 points higher! Math success is 23 points higher!
Their very positive values statement on their home webpage.
“SUPPORT AND PROMOTE THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS, POSITIVE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND ACQUISITION OF MARKETPLACE SKILLS FOR ALL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN OUR SCHOOLS BY BUILDING STRONG PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAMILIES.”
Who wouldn’t want this for their children?
Over half the state budget goes to K-12 education. We need accountability for the money we’re spending. Parents want excellence, high standards, and proven results in their children’s education. We must do better. We should follow the fine examples of the CAM Academies around our state that shows the way forward.