More than four years after it took effect, schools throughout the country are beginning to feel the true bite of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
In Indiana alone, more than half of the state's schools did not meet adequate yearly progress, or AYP, the teeth of the law's accountability.
"Every year more and more schools will not make adequate yearly progress because the bar keeps going higher, higher and higher," said Joan Raymond, superintendent of the South Bend Community School Corp. "Two years ago 57 percent of our students were expected to pass (the ISTEP exam). Now it's in the 60s, and by the year 2014, it will be 100 percent" . . .
"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
Monday, August 28, 2006
The AYP Lightbulb Comes On in Indiana
From the South Bend Tribune: