I should say not. The link includes a devastating graph by Andrew J. Coulson in his Cato Institute blog entry. Wow! It's a shame government has a monopoly in education. It should not be a state activity. If it wasn't driven by property taxes, people would have the money to invest in their own children's education as they see fit. And there would be this whole market to cater to people's needs and desires. Fathers would be in charge of their children's education, not educrats. Competition would have made educational opportunities as common as it has made the automobile. Now we also have had a dumbing down effect that's been ongoing for decades. Leftist politics jammed down unsuspecting pupils' throats. But luckily the establishment of the federal Dept. of Education in 1979 has made a huge improvement. Yeah, right.