The Department of Education is backing away from its decision to use National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results to measure states’ progress, reports Flypaper, citing Education Daily. Instead of using a single national measure, the department will factor in results from state exams.
“Race to the Top” is a play on the “Race to the Bottom,” Flypaper points out. States “have rushed to set passing scores on their own tests at laughably low levels.”
Now states will be able to claim that they have “narrowed achievement gaps” when all they’ve done is make their tests so easy to pass that virtually all kids — black and white, rich and poor — do so, magically erasing any group differences.
There will be no need to race if each state can set its own finish line.
Race to the Top’s teacher evaluation measures have been softened as well, complains Center for Education Reform.