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

Saturday, October 24, 2009

More Bad News for the Testocracy from NAEP

The new NAEP Math scores are out for 4th and 8th grades, and the news is not good, again, for the NCLB Testocracy. As the chart shows at left (click it to enlarge), gains for 4th graders before NCLB (from 2000 to 2003) are larger than all the gains in the six years of Hell since (from 2004 to 2009).

For 8th graders, the picture is not much better. The gains pre-NCLB from 2000 to 2003 do not exceed but rather equal the gains in twice the time frame from 2004 to 2009.

The achievement gap that NCLB was supposed to close? It closed 4 points in math from 2000 to 2003, but it has only closed ONE POINT in the six years since!

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