School Matters

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Judy Rabin and John Horn offer an interesting blog they call School Matters.

I take it Judy doesn’t like the Federal program No Child Left Behind. I agree it seems to have some awkward parts.

It also allows states not to participate in the program. And, it offers minimum thresholds for participating states to meet in exchange for Federal funds.

Many teachers fly with students way above these minimums. Since standardized test scores are used to identify student academic progress, that means, by definition, at least one half of all students score at or above “average.” And, test results can prompt teachers and administrators where to consider changing instructional content or processes.

I wonder why people find these options objectionable? I wish them the best with their well-meaning concern for students.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.