Romney’s education boast: True, but…

Romney said Massachusetts' schools were "number one in the nation" when he was governor.

It's true that fourth-graders and eighth-graders led the nation in math and English.

But they were headed that way before he took office and have remained at or near the top since. And most in Massachusetts credit a major education overhaul that the state passed in 1993, years before Romney took office.

Lyndsey Layton has been covering national education since 2011, writing about everything from parent trigger laws to poverty’s impact on education to the shifting politics of school reform.

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