More Than One to Blame

When it comes to test scores and NCLB many want to blame the schools for not effectively teaching their children what needs to be learned to pass the test.  Schools receive unrealistic standards from the community and households, but this article say otherwise.  According to an Educational Testing Service, who develop administer tests like the SAT, GRE, and PRAXIS series tests, some of the problems with kids not passing tests has more to do with the home life.  ETS researchers took four variables of attendance, parents reading to kids at a young age, time watching television, and children from single parent homes.  With the percentages from those variables, researchers were able to see test scores go down as the the percentage of variables got higher.

This reaffirms the position that success starts at home.  Parents who take an active role in their child’s education and stimulates them with the proper activity will see results in the school building.  What kills me is when we want to place blame on just the schools.

There is a quote in the article that says: “If we’re really interested in raising overall levels of achievement and in closing the achievement gap, we need to pay as much attention to the starting line as we do to the finish line.”

So true.

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One Response to “More Than One to Blame”

  1. […] responses More Than One to Blame « Life Would Be More Interesting If Everyone Was Animated! This reaffirms the position that success starts at home. Parents who take an active role in their […]


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