Elusive accountability

Fordham’s Accountability Illusion looks at how No Child Left Behind works  in different states. Analyzing 18 elementary schools, only one would meet Massachusetts standards for student achievement; 17 of the same schools would meet Wisconsin’s much lower standards.

Idiosyncratic, random and opaque is no way to rate schools, says Fordham. Gadfly has more:

Take away all the jargon, emotion, envy, confusion, and embarrassment and much of the No Child Left Behind debate comes down to this: Which schools are good, which are bad, and does NCLB do a decent job of telling the difference?

What to do? Get states to agree to a common set of standardsm, preaches the Fordhamites. To their surprise, Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers also is calling for national standards.

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