Saturday, April 08, 2006

The fundamental problem with "over the bar " NCLB-style reporting from a district teaching resource-poor children

This quote nails one of the primary problems with NCLB reporting. For schools or teachers working with resource-port children, attainment models can be fundamentally disenfranchising.
'I don't fundamentally disagree that we should be held accountable, but you have to look at where the students are when we get them and measure the growth by the time they leave you,' Young said. 'None of the growth that occurred below the bar is counted.'
As much as anything else, it is an issue of respect. People want to have progress acknowledged. A feedback system that says only this single point will be a legitimate reference for success is severely limited.


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