About That Test Scores Argument

One of the pieces of information that opponents of Governor Walker’s budget repair bill are spreading around deals with ACT/SAT test scores.  The information tends to be as follows:

Only 5 states do not have collective bargaining for educators and have deemed it illegal. Those states and their ranking on ACT/SAT scores are as follows:

South Carolina -50th
North Carolina -49th
Georgia -48th
Texas -47th
Virginia -44th

What isn’t provided is the source of this information.  There’s a reason for that and it lies in the fact that the information on test scores is from 1999!
Here is a link to the data being utilized along with a link to the main page.
Perhaps the opponents need an update when it comes to test scores.
According to the ACT website here are the states with the lowest test scores.
50. Mississippi
49. Florida
48. Kentucky
47. Tennessee
46. Michigan
And from the Commonwealth Foundation is state rankings for SAT scores:
50. Maine
49. South Carolina
48. Georgia
47. Hawaii
46. New York
In other words no correlation between test scores and collective bargaining rights of educators.
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