iWatch News analyzed performance data from 10 urban school districts that received significant funding from the four billionaire philanthropists seeking to reform education. The computer analysis examined how graduation rates changed between 2002 and 2007—the most recent years for which the data is available from the nationally recognized Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. It also measured standardized test scores in reading and math for kindergarten through 12th grade—and compared the proficiency rates in the urban districts that benefited from billionaire bucks against the average for the rest of the schools in their states over the past five years. That data was provided by MPR Associates, Inc., a respected education-statistics agency based in Berkeley, Calif.
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