"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, March 31, 2006

Grasmick Has A Fan Club

And guess who's the president of that fan club for Maryland's state superintendent in charge of school privatization? From WaPo:
Within hours of the vote, Spelling's department issued a statement backing the decision, but her comments yesterday indicated the degree of support for Grasmick in Washington as she battles a barrage of criticism from legislators, politicians and the community."I am president of the Nancy S. Grasmick fan club," Spellings said. Grasmick has worked on national commissions and makes regular trips to Washington.

If this privatization gambit fails, we can all expect to hear much, much more about the urgent need for a federal test (NAEP) to determine AYP in the states. With the current scaling of the NAEP, a move to federalize testing would make the inevitable failure much quicker. It would leave no wiggle room for states who are counting on the day when these scandalous crooks and liars get run out of Washington.

That day may be sooner than later.

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