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  •  Fancy figuring began under Rod Paige (9+ / 0-)

    who was Bushes point man for the success of NCLB in Texas. 60 Minutes introduced us to all the scams Rod Paige ran in Houston. The same scams Bush held up as why he should be elected as the "Education President."

    Under Paige dropout rates were tied to bonuses so dropout rates disappeared. As for test scores:

    But at Houston schools, Kimball says, principals taught addition by subtraction: They raised average test scores by keeping low-performing kids from taking the test. And in some cases, that meant keeping kids from getting to the 10th grade at all.

    “What the schools did, and what Sharpstown High School did, they said, ‘OK, you cannot go to the 10th grade unless you pass all these courses in the 9th grade,” says Kimball.

    What's wrong with that? Wouldn't this help students get the basics down before moving on? . . .

    Perla spent three years in the ninth grade. She failed algebra, but passed it in summer school. Finally, she was promoted – right past 10th grade and that important test -- and into the 11th. Without enough credits to graduate, Perla dropped out. While she worked as a cashier, a secretary, and a waitress, she learned an important lesson: “I know I can’t get a good job without a high school diploma. You know? I can get a job as a waitress. I mean, and I don’t wanna be doing that all my life.”  

    •  There outta be (3+ / 0-)
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      mswsm, history first, caul

      a special place in hell for any educator who encouraged kids to drop out of school. And that's what happened in TX.

      Let tyrants fear.-Queen Elizabeth I

      by Virginia mom on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 10:52:30 AM PDT

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    •  Another fave trick is to push marginal kids (2+ / 0-)
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      into the learning disabled category. Here in CA, kids with learning disability are given an alternative test. Looking at the statewide data, I noticed that asian kids and black or latino kids have similar rates of blindness and deafness, but dramatically different rates of the various types of learning disabilities. Unless there is an alternative explanation for this phenomenon, I have to conclude that there is something foul going on.

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