Revamping NCLB

Revisions to NCLB are starting to reveal themselves to the public with statements from Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. She is calling for all states to come up with a uniform way of calculating the number of students who graduate from high school by 2012-13.  According to their research, students who do not finish on time or obtain a GED do not perform well in college.  I don’t know if that is necessarily true.  I know of several people who have receive their GED and performed at a high level in college.  What kind of institutions were they looking at for their research?  Did they include vocational studies?

Another major announcement is a federal review of state policy regarding exclusion of test scores from racial groups who did not have enough people to consider it statistically significant.  If the title of the law is “No Child Left Behind” then wouldn’t you think they would include every test score?  Also, are these students purposely being left out to obtain money for the district?  I’d like to see the results of the review conducted on this issue.


2 Responses to “Revamping NCLB”

  1. It’s long been recognized that one of the simplest ways to game the system is to carve the population into small enough segments that the lower scoring individuals can be dropped off the radar.

    The high school drop out rate is another game. Probably one of the most common ways of getting around it is to only count members of the senior class and using the ratio of seniors starting the year to those finishing. By keeping “at risk” juniors out of the senior class by keeping them back for “remediation,” schools can keep their numbers up, and convince a goodly number of juniors to just “go away.”

  2. Schools with low numbers of special education students don’t have to report their test scores either. This fact tends to tempt schools to keep their numbers low by not identifying students or exiting them from their program too soon.

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