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What are we going to get for $100 billion in education stimulus money? More data on how students are doing. But that’s not enough, writes Andrew Rotherham in U.S. News.

The recent economic stimulus bill contains more than $100 billon in education spending, a historic investment equal to about 16 percent of the nation’s annual expenditures on public elementary and secondary schools. In exchange, states are required to report more information about student performance and make “assurances” that they will work to improve schools. However, the law requires little in the way of actual changes.

Transparency isn’t the same as accountability, he writes.

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  1. Independent George says:

    Actually, that sounds like a pretty good idea to me. I don’t want a federal bureaucracy determining how to ‘improve’ schools. Let them collect and distribute data transparently, and let parents decide how to use it on a local level.

  2. thaprof says:

    The whole point of Hopeychangey is to put swag into the pockets of liberal Democrats. Improving education is wholly irrelevant.

    There is no such thing as “transparent data collection.” You can collect all the data you want, but if you haven’t defined the desired competencies and developed means to assess whether the kids exhibit the desired competencies or not, you are wasting your time.

  3. A big part of the reason for the passage of NCLB was the casual way in which federal money was used by the states and districts. Despite requirements on the purposes for which the money could be used there was widespread misuse of federal education funds.

    Absent some pretty hard-nosed accountability requirements is there really any reason to think this money won’t be misused the same way?

  4. thaprof says:

    Misused from the point of view of improving education-definitely.
    Misused from the point of view of rewarding political supporters-no.