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  •  ARGH. (6+ / 0-)
    last year it didn't make AYP because it has some wonderful special needs kids that are main streamed but have some serious disabilities, too

    This is one of the things that bugs me the most about NCLB: it penalizes schools for making improvement with disabled and ESL students.

    They're not counted as long as they're outside of the mainstream class... but once they've improved enough to be mainstreamed, they're suddenly counted in the scores, and of course they don't perform as well as the people who've been there from the start!

    •  And also, that takes the high scorers (2+ / 0-)
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      Moody Loner, codeman38

      out of the ESL bracket. Suddenly the kids who just moved to an English speaking country for the first time are what's left. Cue schools that have nearly no progress making AYP and schools that get kids fluent quickly 'failing' for having a low-scoring ESL program.

      And how in the world do you calculate AYP for ESL and disabilities without actually tracking the same cohort? All it takes is one war halfway around the world to send just enough refugees to lower the ESL scores, and the public school cannot deny the kids' registrations. That would be illegal, and the papers would have huge exposes on it.

      Same thing with disabilities - parents hear a district has good services for X developmental disability and suddenly the disabled student population with X doubles as people move into the district. Good luck to the school system if X is something that drops the scores.

      Hoping and praying that the empty chairs and empty tables in th4e Middle East and Northern Africa when all is said and done are as few as possible.

      by Cassandra Waites on Tue Mar 08, 2011 at 09:35:49 AM PST

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