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

Thursday, November 10, 2005

More Pain in the Heartland

Lest we forget the suffering in schools systems across the country, here's a typical story today from the Quad City Times, with this:

“Nobody is opposed to the concept of accountability,” said East Moline School District 37 superintendent Garry Rudish. “However, there is a reality of frustration.”

Rudish said, for example, district scores on achievement tests were at or above state averages, but as for the AYP report that includes all tests, he said, “We do have one subgroup of students, in special education, that did not make the AYP.”

Because of that one subgroup, he said, the entire district has been classified as not having met the AYP.

“As the percentage of expected benchmark starts climbing, you’re going to see more and more districts that are not making AYP,” he added.

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