ON-Lion Letter
In July, a study from the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government of international and U.S. state trends in education found that America is squarely in the middle of a group of 49 nations in 4th- and 8th-grade test-score gains in math, reading, and science from 1995-2009.  Among states, Maryland had the steepest achievement-growth trend, followed by Florida, Delaware, and Massachusetts; Wisconsin was among those with the smallest gains in the country.

During a conference on the study at the Kennedy School, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said it was good to know where Wisconsin stands, and that recent reforms may help it do better.  He highlighted efforts to improve reading scores, educator effectiveness, and school accountability.

Walker also said the state's new school report cards will present an in-depth picture of how each school is performing.  "You only get there if you have transparency," Walker said.

The study and conference were sponsored by The Kern Family Foundation in Waukesha, Wis., and the Searle Liberty Trust.  Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation has supported PEPG projects and the work of PEPG director Paul E. Peterson, and it supports Education Next magazine.  Peterson is editor-in-chief of Education Next, the next issue of which will feature an article summarizing the PEPG study's results.
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