Thursday, June 21, 2007

How public schools must react to test scores

"The No Child Left Behind law requires schools to meet annual goals largely based on student test scores. When schools fail to make "adequate yearly progress," the law assigns them a label and requires them to take certain corrective steps."

The article continues in outlining what needs to happen over the course of six years before a public school is required to actually do anything substantive.

6 years is half of your children's educational lifespan. We really can't afford to have our children be in a underperforming school because it will take too long.

When I was in 5th Grade I got bumped up, but only after the school year had started, I was totally bewildered by all the things they were talking about, while it didn't take me all that long to catch up, it was demoralizing at first.

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