It’s good that the U.S. Department of Education is going to allow some states to track the educational progress of individual students as part of the No Child Left Behind mandate. It never made sense that the NCLB tests compared different groups of kids from one grade year to the next (such as comparing this year’s fourth-graders to last year’s fourth-graders). Still, the requirement that every student — including those with learning disabilities and who are learning English as a second language — must be proficient in reading and math remains statistically impossible, regardless of how it is measured.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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