Saturday, April 02, 2005

Another red state challenges NCLB

Add Florida to the list of red states -- with Texas and Utah -- that have challenged the rigid system of accountability imposed by NCLB. Yesterday, Florida's Education Commissioner joined the swelling ranks of education officials begging for mercy. He expects to get it. I have no idea why. From the article:

A school that earns an A from the state can still fail to make "adequate yearly progress" - the standard set by the federal law - because of poor test results from even a small group of students.

That's one thing that the state would like to change, state Education Commissioner John Winn said Friday in a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.

Last year, three out of every four Florida schools failed to make "adequate yearly progress" even though most schools earned a grade of A or B under the state's school-grading law.

The conflicting results have caused confusion and some angst among parents and teachers.

...Winn said he was optimistic that the proposals would be approved in Washington.

If they are, nearly 1,000 Florida schools would make the grade under the federal law, while more than 2,000 still would not.

Those estimates are based on last year's FCAT results, which will probably change this year.

If no changes are made to Florida's federal grading formula, 331 schools would achieve "adequate yearly progress" and more than 2,700 would not. (emphasis mine)


Uh, that would mean 9 out of every 10 schools would fail to meet AYP. I know some public schools aren't greatest, but c'mon... Can't we all admit that this law has become absurd?!?

Update: Here's another article on this; this one from the Palm Beach Post.

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