4/2: Lessons learned

Moderated by Maureen Downey

We devote today’s topic to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s unprecedented analysis of 1.6 million student records from nearly 70,000 schools, an analysis that reveals improbable test-score swings similar to what the AJC found in Atlanta in 2008.

The series has sparked a range of responses, including one today from an official of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing.

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April 2nd, 2012
6:28 pm

I think you hit the nail on the head in your article, Ms. Downey: Are the standards unattainable?

I would add that the dialogue must also ask why the curriculum is being pushed down to the lower grades? For instance, topics in high school algebra now appear in the middle grades. Researcher Piaget thought students in this age-group were not cognitively ready for such abstract thinking. Yet, we as a society are surprised and dismayed when kids don’t score well on math tests. Are we asking too much of students and their teachers?