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

Monday, August 11, 2008

NCLB Juggernaut Continues to Plow Under Public Schools

Per the Bush Administration's plan and the enabling dopey Dems, states like Minnesota now have almost half their public schools listed as failures. From the Twin Cities Daily Planet:
Minnesota school officials announced Tuesday that nearly half of the state’s schools fell short of state education standards.

This clearly ridiculous finding is part of the federal No Child Left Behind law that requires states to test students in math, science and reading each year. Schools that don’t meet NCLB goals are publicly shamed and ultimately forced to reroute public money for poor children to private or public firms.

The benchmark for a passing grade rises each year. The process, called Adequate Yearly Progress, culminates in 2014 when every student must pass the test or the school will face punishment.

The result of this rising bar is that each year more schools fail. In 2005, 247 Minnesota schools did not meet AYP. In 2006, 483 came up short. Last year, 729 failed and this year 937 of the state’s 1,920 schools – nearly half – failed the tests.

Every educator in Minnesota would welcome an assessment that fairly evaluates student growth, but results such as these show that NCLB test results are meaningless. . . .

1 comment:

  1. Jim,

    Once again you are right on target. No Child Left Unstressed is about as pernicious as it gets. It's an authoritarian tool to make little drones, and it doesn't even succeed at that.

    It's about as insidious as its name.

    Doesn't it tell its proponents anything that since its inception more and more schools seem to be failing? If they are, where would the fault lie?

    It is sickening to find the least capable members of the education community in the highest positions. Margaret Spellings is a disaster, and the "Decider" has decided, "Childrens can learn."

    How did we get here?

    Keep up the good fight!

    Brian (a.k.a. Professor Homunculus at MathMojo.com )

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