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June 06, 2007

Some Tests Fall Behind

Kevin has some useful context for the new education results. It turns out that rising test scores may be the product of...dumber tests, which isn't exactly the outcome No Child Left Behind was hoping to create.

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This is a feature, not a bug, as they say.

A significant front on the Republican crusade to turn USA into a third world oligarchy is their effort to dumb down America by eviscerating its public education system.

Posted by: gregor | Jun 6, 2007 5:28:23 PM


the only thing the stats show is that the teachers are teaching to the state standards on which the students get tested.

Is that a good or bad thing? These high stakes tests will really mean nothing until they mean something to the students. My students take these tests knowing that their scores mean nothing. It means nothing to their grade because we don't get the test scores back.
They don't care.

Posted by: Dan | Jun 7, 2007 1:03:38 AM

Exactly why do you think that these weren't the results that No Child Left Behind was intended to create?

Posted by: Paul Gottlieb | Jun 7, 2007 9:09:21 AM

My students take these tests knowing that their scores mean nothing. It means nothing to their grade because we don't get the test scores back.

I've always wondered about that. I know a lot of schools use a pep rally approach to try to motivate the kids, but do the kids buy into that? Are they aware that they have power over their teachers? ("Ya know, teach, I'd have any easier time concentratin' on this here test if had Mortal Combat waiting at home.")

Posted by: McGarnigle | Jun 7, 2007 12:43:08 PM

That article you cited has absolutely zero evidence that the tests have become "dumber." The only thing it shows is that the NCLB tests have risen at a faster rate than the NAEB standards, but thats a totally separate and distinct argument.

BTW, even the so-called "objective" NAEB standard that the article author likes to support showed increases, just not as big of increases as the NCLB.

You MUST have tests, they are on the only objective criteria available to determine progress. Now the format of the tests and other items are open for debate.

Posted by: joe blow | Jun 7, 2007 5:55:54 PM

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