Saturday, September 1, 2007

So Does This Mean That CT Is Rich - Not So Fat - And Stupid?

Top 10 wealthiest states - Here's where the median household income is highest

State Income

New Jersey......$64,470
New Hampshire...$59,683

In one report you can find the chart, and in this report from the Hartford Courant you can find this analysis:
In a state-by-state comparison, Connecticut - with 20.6 percent of adults classified as obese. Colorado, Vermont and Massachusetts had lower percentages of people meeting the definition of obesity - having a body mass index greater than 30.

Connecticut's adult obesity rate posted a slight increase, up from 19.7 in the earlier period. Connecticut's youths did not do as well as their adults. Youths were ranked 37th among all of the states. The obesity rate among 10- to 17-year-olds was 12.3 percent, compared with a national average of 14.8 percent for that age group.
CT students didn't do that well on the CT Mastery Tests, and the CAPT scores are now in as well. Unfortunately, 10th-graders missed the goals on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test too:

CT State averages:
Math: 45.2
Science: 44.4
Reading: 45.6
Writing: 52.9
Almost one-third of all public schools in Connecticut fell short of federal standards and landed Thursday on an academic warning list - a number that is expected to grow even larger as the standards continue to get tougher, state officials said.

In Connecticut, the targets this year call for between 68 percent and 74 percent of students to meet proficiency standards on state reading and math tests. But those targets will gradually increase to 100 percent by 2014 under the federal law - a moving goal that many educators believe is unrealistic.

Of Connecticut's 805 public elementary and middle schools, 265 failed to make adequate progress this year, down from 290 a year ago.

Of 182 public high schools, 50 fell short, 10 more than in 2006.
Here's the long list of failing schools in CT.

In my town of West Hartford: King Philip Middle School, and Hall High School made the failing list in Math and Reading. Those are the two schools in my district that my own kids would have attended (my oldest went to King Philip when I pulled him out to begin to homeschool 11 years ago). Our taxes are sky high here in West Hartford, our school budget is enormous, and everyone always says how marvelous our schools are. I guess they'll find something to blame this poor measurement on; of course it isn't our "top notch teachers, programs and curriculum".

Quite frankly, I think the average state scores are appalling, especially for the amount of money we spend on education in this state. Supposedly the worst schools in urban areas get the most funding - Hartford spends well over $13,000 per student and still ranks bottom of the barrel. Yet it seems to me that what the money is spend on is mostly administrative salaries and consultants. It never seems to show up in the classroom for updated books and materials, or even basic supplies. Art and Music programs get cut, and the basics of reading writing and arithmetic, are relinquished in favor of UNESCO agenda curriculum (diversity education, globalism, junk science, and vague social sciences etc), plus now we are very busy teaching to the test - or "how to game the test". I don't think that our new education commissioner is prepared to fix the real problems - as it seems he is concentrating more on bringing to CT Univer$al Pre$chool and high school exit exams and more centralized control of education in the state.

But here's some more good things about CT:
- The weather is pleasant and seasonal
- We've got some great country fairs going on
- There's a nice mix of urban, surburban, and rural - and lots of places to get organic farm products.
- We have homeschooled our children without government interference since the 1600's and we enjoy strong homeschool groups and networks, and we plan to keep it that way for present and future homeschoolers.