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

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Study Published in Science Shows Massive California School Failures Imminent

Considering the crimes that have been committed by this Administration, it should come as no surprise that they would unblinkingly blow up the public schools for the sake of their school privatization agenda and corporate welfare schemes--all in the name of saving the poor and the brown, who were the first affected by this crime and who, of course, will be the last when the impossible proficiency goals are finally ditched by the new Administration.

For those with steel-reinforced skulls who still will not admit that massive failure is certain under the present regime, here is the latest piece of research that looks at the case of California. The research is published, by the way, in the September 26 issue of Science. From the NSF website:
Press Release 08-164
All Students Proficient on State Tests by 2014?

Analysis of California elementary school achievement data shows projected improvements in student performance will fall short of legislated benchmarks

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Photo of student doing math.

One of the challenges of meeting adequate yearly progress (AYP) under No Child Left Behind is that schools, districts and states must report not only a rise in total scores, but also progress in the scores of subgroups of students, including minority students, English language learners (ELL) and students with disabilities.

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Chart projecting California student proficiency to 2014.

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) used state assessment data reported for the school years 2002-2003 through 2006-2007 to project the growth in student proficiency through 2014. Data was drawn from more than 4,900 California elementary schools. The researchers used three different growth models (represented by the blue, grey and green lines) to project average annual growth in proficiency for mathematics (solid lines) and English language arts (dotted lines). Models are plotted out to 2014 to illustrate that the available data (through 2007) does not indicate the accelerated growth in proficiency required to meet legislated goals. California's benchmarks for adequate yearly progress (AYP) under No Child Left Behind are shown in the red lines. More information on this research appears in the Sept. 26, 2008, edition of Science magazine.

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The researchers' findings are published in the Sept. 26, 2008, issue of Science magazine.

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