"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Exit Exams: Another Trap for Immigrants

The large immigrant population in the United States, coupled with the brilliantly thought-out policy of instituting one-size-fits all high stakes exit exams for high school graduates, is leaving ESL students behind. A study by the Center on Education Policy and reported in the Boston Globe reveals immigrants are unfairly targeted by state requirements on graduation tests. The implications are huge as 9 out of 10 limited-English students will face high-stakes tests in their state by 2012.

Another reason that holding all children to the same standards doesn't work.

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