I mentioned yesterday that the administration’s K-12 ed policy is pretty reactive these days. Here’s Ed Week and Andy Smarick about that, for instance. The zigging and zagging on waiver policy is hard to keep straight although the arc bends towards less and less accountability. But when you step back it’s sort of stunning that in the fall of a school year the administration is still trying to figure out what student assessment policy will look like in the spring. That’s frustrating for school administrators and teachers as well as state officials because it’s hard to plan when everything is a jump ball. Thinking back to the 1990s, or even the early part of the last decade, education interest groups would have been up in arms about a situation like this and getting some response. But largely they’re not.
Why? Three plausible suspects:
Is is that the groups are a lot weaker now than they were two decades ago?
Is everyone so used to the fluidity that it’s just seen as normal now?
Are people becoming addicted to the flexibility so no one wants to rock the boat too much?
All of those to some extent? Or is it something else? Ideas?