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Milwaukee's 2R Charters Lead All Schools in Student Growth, Closing Achievement Gaps

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted June 26, 2014 3:00 AM
Milwaukee's 2R Charters Lead All Schools in Student Growth, Closing Achievement Gaps

Data from the 2012-2013 school year shows that Milwaukee's independent 2R charter schools were the city's most effective schools when it came to important metrics like student growth and closing achievement gaps. The district's instrumentality charters also performed well, outscoring Milwaukee's traditional public school average in both student achievement and growth. Read More »

Study: Wisconsin to Lose 16,500 jobs if Minimum Wage is Raised to $10.10

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted June 18, 2014 2:55 PM
Study: Wisconsin to Lose 16,500 jobs if Minimum Wage is Raised to $10.10

A new study from the Wisconsin Restaurant Association shows the dramatic loss of jobs if the minimum wage was increased to $10.10 an hour. Read More »

The ACA: Some Unpleasant Welfare Arithmetic

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 10, 2014 2:50 AM
The ACA: Some Unpleasant Welfare Arithmetic

Economist Casey B. Mulligan at the University of Chicago argues that the ACA creates perverse incentives for employees not to work in order to succeed. Read More »

MPS's Non-Instrumentality Charter Schools Post Higher Report Card Scores, Lower Reading/Math Results on State Tests

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted June 4, 2014 3:00 AM
MPS's Non-Instrumentality Charter Schools Post Higher Report Card Scores, Lower Reading/Math Results on State Tests

More than 86 percent of students in Milwaukee's non-instrumentality charter schools come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds - the highest concentration of any type of public school in Brew City. However, that concentration of traditionally difficult to educate students didn't stop these schools from having a higher average School Report Card grade than the Milwaukee Public School average in 2012-2013. Read More »

Study Shows Milwaukee's Voucher Program is Most Government-Regulated School Choice Program in America

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 3, 2014 7:00 AM
Study Shows Milwaukee's Voucher Program is Most Government-Regulated School Choice Program in America

New report from the Friedman Foundation shows that the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is the most regulated school choice program in the country despite what the critics say. Read More »

NAEP Tests Reveal No Growth, Big Achievement Gaps in 12th Grade

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted May 8, 2014 9:22 AM
NAEP Tests Reveal No Growth, Big Achievement Gaps in 12th Grade

Newly-released NAEP data shows that there was little educational growth for America's high school seniors in 2013. These students are also experiencing a problem that has plagued Wisconsin for years - a significant achievement gap between black and white students. Read More »

Milwaukee's Charter Schools Out-Performing Traditional Schools While Educating Students from Similar Backgrounds

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Policy Staff | Posted May 7, 2014 3:52 PM
Milwaukee's Charter Schools Out-Performing Traditional Schools While Educating Students from Similar Backgrounds

As National Charter School Week rolls on, MacIver takes a look at charter school performance in Milwaukee. The district's instrumentality and 2R non-instrumentality charter schools both outperform their traditional school peers, according to DPI data and the state's School Report Cards. Read More »

Wisconsin's 4-Year Graduation Rates Rise to 88 percent, Achievement Gap Shrinks by Nearly Two Percent

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 5, 2014 1:03 PM
Wisconsin's 4-Year Graduation Rates Rise to 88 percent, Achievement Gap Shrinks by Nearly Two Percent

More than seven out of every eight high school students in Wisconsin graduated in four years or less in 2013, according to the latest data released by the Department of Public Instruction. 88 percent of Wisconsin students earned their diplomas on time last year, an increase of .5 percent from 2012's mark. This continued a path of steady growth that the state has followed over the past four school years. Read More »

GradNation: Wisconsin's Graduation Gap Between White, African American Students is Second-Worst in America

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Nick Novak | Posted April 29, 2014 10:24 AM
GradNation: Wisconsin's Graduation Gap Between White, African American Students is Second-Worst in America

While Wisconsin had the fifth-highest overall ACGR behind Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, and Vermont, the state continued its trend of troubling achievement gap numbers. 92 percent of the state's white students graduated from high school in four years between 2009 and 2012, but only 64 percent of Wisconsin's African American students could claim the same. That 28-point difference was the second-largest in the country. It trailed only Minnesota (33 points) in terms of the achievement gap. Read More »

National Group Gives Wisconsin's K-12 Education a "D+" When it Comes to Empowering, Spending Wisely

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By Policy Staff | Posted January 21, 2014 11:00 AM
National Group Gives Wisconsin's K-12 Education a

Are children in Wisconsin attending schools that barely qualify as passing? That's the theory that StudentsFirst, a national group led by former Chancellor of Washington D.C. Public Schools Michelle Rhee, put forth last week. Wisconsin earned a "D+" grade in state education policy from the institute in their inaugural State Policy Report Card. Read More »

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