According to the new Secretary, the solution to teachers teaching to the tests is to have good tests for them to teach to. So that when the children are spending their school days bubbling in answer sheets, which the new President railed against during the Campaign, they will be bubbling in answer sheets to tests that are harder and better, rather than easier ones they can't pass now. With almost a third of public schools on the NCLB failure list already, and no one with a brain believing the current proficiency targets are achievable by 2014 or 3014, Duncan wants harder tests.
He also wants to gather the data on his bold Chicago program to pay poor students for test scores, and if the program is producing higher test scores (we might assume for those "good tests"), then he will move to take it national. With no jobs in the urban areas for these students' parents, the kids, then, just might be the new breadwinners if they cram enough "good" factoids into their good little heads long enough to cough them up onto the bubble sheets.
And what about the future of NCLB? Duncan plans a phony hear-the-public PR adventure for the Summer before initiating plans for jamming through NCLB 2.0. I am hoping there will be millions of students, parents, and teachers who will disrupt the Chief Disrupter's Plans for the final destruction of public education.
Here he is in his best pandering to the Business Roundtable monotone, avoiding the questions put to him by Campbell Brown: