Scrap No Child Left Behind, wrote candidate Bill Richardson in USA Today.
At Quick and the Ed, Kevin Carey wonders why Richardson didn’t apply his education ideas to his home state of New Mexico to lift its rock-bottom test scores.
On the GOP side, candidate Fred Thompson, running as a local-control man, says the feds should provide string-free education funding to states, if they give “objective” tests to students.
“No Child Left Behind — good concept, I’m all for testing _ but it seems like now some of these states are teaching to the test and kind of making it so that everybody does well on the test — you can’t really tell that everybody’s doing that well. And it’s not objective,” Thompson said.
It’s objective. The problem is that state already have the flexibility to make their tests easy to pass. With more flexibility, pass rates will approach 100 percent.
He said his message to states would be, “We expect you to get objective testing done and publicize those tests for the local parents and for the local citizens and suffer the political ramifications locally if things don’t work out right.”
What ramifications? Every kid will be above average.
Carey is unimpressed with the candidates’ clarity of thought.