“2014… All children, under federal law, are supposed to be at grade level. Spoiler alert: They’re not.”
“The law required that states report more than just average test scores. It made them report, separately, the scores of traditionally disadvantaged subgroups: ethnic and racial minorities, disabled students, low-income students and English learners.
[Education Professor Andrew Ho], like most observers, agrees that this focus on the achievement gap is NCLB’s most important and positive legacy.
But, he adds, “I think it’s safe to say, and we anticipated this early on, that policymakers erred. They turned an aspirational goal that inspires support, into a target for accountability, meant for consequences.”
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What do you think? Were the goals of NCLB overly ambitious?
Or, as Ho’s comments imply, did we just get so caught up in holding ourselves accountable for the goal that we undermined the goal itself?
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