Skip to comments.Obama Administration Exempting Schools From Federal Law’s Testing Mandate
Posted on 08/08/2011 5:29:01 AM PDT by markomalley
State and local education officials have been begging the federal government for relief from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law, but school starts soon and Congress still hasn't answered the call.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break.
The plan to offer waivers to all 50 states, as long as they meet other school reform requirements, comes at the request of President Barack Obama, Duncan said. More details on the waivers will come in September, he said.
The goal of the No Child Left Behind law is to have every student proficient in math and reading by 2014. States have been required to bring more students up to the math and reading standards each year, based on tests that usually take place each spring. The step-by-step ramping up of the 9-year-old law has caused heartburn in states and most school districts, because more and more schools are labeled as failures as too few of their students meet testing goals.
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Coincidence? I think not.
You need to be an Einstein in order to come up with a theory of relativity but you dont need to have an Einstein IQ in order to master an elementary school curriculum.
I teach in a K-8 district. We still give an 8th-grade diploma. 100 years ago, finishing 8th grade (elementary school) was considered an accomplishment that not all students could acheive. Only the very best went on to high school. Today, every student is considered high school material. Districts are penalized for high dropout rates. Kids who cant do high school level work are warehoused in what used to be called bonehead classes. There is no way they are going to ever pass any kind of grade-level test.
I believe that most foreign nations that are kicking our butts in education are not sending everyone on to what we call high school.
It often is laziness and an aversion to hard work as you point out. But it is a bit more than that. I teach 8th-grade history. Last year I taught a big farm boy who could barely spell his name. But he did understand things. If I asked a question about supply and demand economics, hed often be the first in the class with the right answer. He will never be good at schoolwork, but he already knows how to put in a 15-hour day putting up hay. He no doubt brought down our test scores, but the almighty test doesnt measure everything a student or a school does.
“That’s really worked out well.”
Actually, there have been improvements. Bad underperforming schools are closing and student scores are generally better than they were before NCLB.
Rather than screw things up now, they ought to let it play out until 2014
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