No Child Left Behind
The U.S. Education Department granted Pennsylvania a partial waiver from the No Child Left Behind school evaluation law Tuesday, giving state officials the flexibility to develop alternatives they say will yield more meaningful assessments of schools and students.
For a broad view of our troubles in education, read The New York Times editorial “The Trouble With Testing Mania.”
And this so-called “opt out” movement is part of a growing national trend.
This was not your normal pep rally, not by a long shot.
Opting out is extremely unusual in Pennsylvania: Only 260 out of about 932,000 students were excused from the math and reading PSSAs last year; an even lower number opted out of the science exam, according to the state Education Department.
Looking back on the past year much has happened on the education scene.
A new survey by TEACH PLUS reports on attitudes of teachers who began their careers less than a decade ago, which is the majority of teachers in the classroom today.
Standardized test scores for Pennsylvania schools are being released today. And, don’t be surprised to see them drop, because of tighter controls to curb cheating.
Advances are being made in education. In 2011, with leadership from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 160 cities have joined in making sure all kids read on grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
President Obama made a brief visit to a Head Start center in Delaware County today, to announce new rules that will have the preschool programs competing for federal money.
A Pennsylvania Department of Education spokesman says statewide math and reading assessment scores improved slightly but fewer schools in the state made “adequate yearly progress” based on the No Child Left Behind law.
Data from the National Endowment for the Arts shows fewer children are getting exposure to the arts, whether at school or elsewhere. The report in Education Week cites the decline for African American and Hispanic youth as “alarming.”
With the Elementary and Secondary School Act, under the Bush administration called No Child Left Behind, up for reauthorization, there may be a compromise on education reform.
While the Democrats and Republicans may be divided on healthcare, taxes and energy, the climate around education is cooler reports The Washington Post.
Governor Rendell is crowing about the final round of student achievement tests during his eight years in office.