Students are leaving a California school with falling test scores and incidents of violence. That’s how NCLB is supposed to work, observes Kimberly Swygert. OK, it was once a “distinguished school” — an honor handed out rather lavishly — but things change, and sometimes for the worse.
Right on the Left Coast, a teacher, writes:
If you’re given a poor curriculum and your school performs poorly, that’s not NCLB’s fault. That fault belongs to your school and district administrators.
If you’re in California and you blame NCLB for testing, you’re misinformed. California’s Standardized Testing and Reporting system pre-dates NCLB by a few years. It was passed by a Democrat-controlled legislature and signed by Democrat Governor Gray Davis. STAR’s testing requirements, both in subjects tested and grades tested, are more stringent than NCLB.
f you’re a teacher and you complain that the test isn’t aligned to the standards, that’s your state’s fault. States choose the tests that are given.
If you’re a teacher and you complain about having to spend too much time prepping for the test, that isn’t NCLB’s fault. Either an administrator is foolishly mandating that or you’re not teaching to standards.
Chicago is closing three persistently low-performing schools, but exempting others that are nearly as bad, writes Alex Russo. Most students leaving closed schools will be sent to other underperforming schools.