"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

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Testing Hysteria Lite, by Marc Tucker

If you were to believe the spin in the New York Times the other day, you would think that Marc Tucker, who has long been Hillary Clinton's main man on education issues, had decided that high stakes testing was a thing of the past: "Tucker would not abolish tests, but he would have fewer of them. And they would have a different purpose."

I downloaded Joe Nocera's new Tucker bible, Fixing Our National Accountability System, and grabbed a few highlights so that you can see what all the excitement about, right? (Click to enlarge.)





But here is the real bottom line message for the new Tuckerism, which looks remarkably like the old Tuckerism.

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