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  •  an explanation of the 100% proficiency (6+ / 0-)

    it was put in because people did not think that you could politically set a goal of less than that and still keep the title of the legislation.  No one ever expected that it was achievable,  and the dumbing down you describe of standards is one way the system has already been gamed in some states.  All of this was predicted - and ignored by those in the Congress to whom we pointed this out.


    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH! If impeachment is off the table, so is democracy

    by teacherken on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 04:22:26 AM PDT

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    •  Style over substance ... (2+ / 0-)
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      In other words, the legislative title drove the standards?

      Yes, I am well aware that noone saw it as achievable, yet it is the benchmark with penalties for not achieving it.  And, yes, I am aware that the problems were predicted and voiced.

    •  Thanks for this diary, teacherken (2+ / 0-)
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      MoDem, Wisteacher

      My husband taught high school English in IL for 32 years. Recently, he did a stint here in southern MD for about 6 weeks to help when a teacher left three days before school was to start. In looking at the papers his 9th graders turned in, it was disheartening. The papers looked like a 4th grader had written them. The question in my mind is: Teddy Kennedy. Why did he sign on to this program and give Bush the cover it did? Did he not understand how bad it was going to be? I realize Bush never funded it, but the parameters had to be there from the beginning. Just curious about your understanding of Sen. Kennedy's position.

    •  We've been saying this for years (1+ / 0-)
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      now on Dkos.  

      I'm finally seeing mainstream media and mainstream educators rise up and be counted on NCLB.

      What's taken them so long?

      NCLB was almost renewed last year, without this level of debate or scrutiny.  

      It's so very frustrating that it takes so long for people to figure things out.  Bush and cronies have been able to turn the ship of state in completely wrong-headed directions without the level of critical debate and inquiry that you would expect in a democracy.

      And remember, "proficiency" in many cases is already a statistical measure of students between the 30th and 70th percentile.  You can't get them all in that range.

      It's like thinking that you can take all the numbers between 1 and 100 and make each one of them the same as all the others.

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      by Mi Corazon on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 08:08:42 AM PDT

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