Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Ties between high stakes assessment and dropouts

One of the concerns about high stakes for high schools - in particular - is that there is increasing pressure for schools to focus resources on the students close to proficiency to "shove them over the bar". The message that this sends to other students who are farther from proficiency is that they are on the periphery and do not matter. This is very likely to rise their likelihood of dropping out. At worst, these students are encourage to move to other schools or drop out.


1 comment:

Ron said...

When we say that "the school failed that child," there is a great deal of truth in the statement.

I'm sure it is exactly this kind of odd management behavior that made Deming oppose grades and led him, the statistician, to repeatedly point out that 94% of what mattered cannot be measured.