This Person Claims In The Last 30 Years “We Haven’t Moved The Needle On Student Achievement.” Well…

Funny to think that based on the research that Kris Nordstrom posts about here that there is a distinctive timeline that Catherine Truitt seems to ignore.

In a debate last week Truitt claimed that in the last 30 years “we haven’t moved the needle on student achievement.”

Let’s look at the last 30 years.

That would be 1990-2020.

What that research Nordstrom posted says is that in the years between 1990 and the early 2000’s we had growth in student achievement correlating strongly with more funding.

Bush was “elected” in 2000.

He pushed through No Child Left Behind in 2001. It began to really take effect in subsequent years.

The early 2000’s.

Then we had a recession that badly damaged funding.

The GOP took over in the NC General Assembly in the early 2010’s.

Pat McCrory was elected in 2012 and rubber-stamped the wishes of the NCGA.

Interesting that Truitt worked as an advisor to McCrory and as an assistant to Margaret Spellings, one of the architects of No Child Left Behind.

Maybe she should have said that we haven’t moved the needle in the last decade.

When we really haven’t been increasing funding for public schools.