More data, same results

Reason blogger Lisa Snell mocks the idea that stimulus cash will buy useful education data.

From NCLB data reporting requirements, we learned that thousand of schools are low-performing and that low-income and minority student have low levels of proficiency in reading and math.

Yet, these same states that report that “transparent” data under NCLB continue to get billions in federal aid.

NCLB’s data reporting requirements have pushed many schools to focus time and resources on teaching low-achieving students.  There have been successes. But spotlighting failure doesn’t necessarily lead to success.

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