"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, October 05, 2005

The Bloomberg Miracle?

Could the Bloomberg Miracle be another sham, just like the one in Houston a few years ago that spawned the ruinous federal education policy of NCLB that is now destroying American schools?

Rumors in New York of easier tests in 2005 are now substantiated by classroom teachers and state testing officials in this excellent piece by Michael Winerip in the Times. Now that that fact is documented, there is another question that voters might ask Bloomberg's people: could the failing of thousands of third graders last year have had a positive effect on this year's 4th grade test scores? You know, accentuate the positive and eliminate the losers?

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