"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

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Whoops, Again: Duncan Has Opposition from National Academy of Education

Valerie Strauss has posted remarks from Susan Fuhrman, President of the National Academy of Education, on a new report urging extreme caution on the use of standardized tests to make pay and promotion decisions. It is a good summary of reasons to be skeptical about growth models for making such decisions, most of which have been summarily ignored by the corporate gang running national education policy.

If you are interested in more details, you may download the new 97 page report as a pdf. These pages here (click to enlarge) offer a good summary of the recommendations.

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