"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

Friday, December 02, 2005

New Scores-Same Story

The new NAEP urban district assessment test scores were released this week.

Guess what? Poor children score lower than their richer counterparts outside the poverty belts. Imagine that.

And even though the scores show much the same minimal pattern of improvement (flat in reading and small gains in math) that the October NAEP scores showed, several urban systems such as Charlotte, Austin, and New York are clamoring to occupy the peak on this mole hill. One of the best news summaries on the subject I have found was in the Kansas City Star.

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