Today’s new NAEP data is mixed news with enough kernels for people to argue that current policies are/are not helping improve achievement especially for traditionally under-served kids, are/are not hurting advanced kids, some encouraging results for early grades but not for high school etc…it’s a stimulus program for education partisans! Short answer, we need to do a lot better but all is not lost. But, you don’t need a weatherman…Sam Dillon predictably finds the clouds for you.
From The Times a new land speed record for hot button terms:
“We saw stronger gains and more progress in narrowing achievement gaps before No Child took effect,” said Bruce Fuller, an education professor at Berkeley. “The punch that centralized accountability packs seems to be weakening. We’re lifting the basic skills of young kids but this policy is not lifting 21st-century skills for the new economy.”
If only he’d said we need a paradigm shift it would have been the perfect quote…