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    Filed at 9:21 pm under by dcobranchi

    but it might not matter much.

    Broward County students who transferred out of low-performing schools last year under the federal No Child Left Behind Act didn’t gain a significant academic boost by changing classrooms and teachers, according to a report released by the school district on Thursday.

    The analysis of 842 transfer students shows they did no better on state tests than their peers who decided to remain at their old campuses.

    It’s the first study to evaluate President Bush’s signature education reform program, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

    Now two years might not be enough time to judge any progress, but these early results aren’t particularly promising.

    Re-posted from the HEM blog.

    3 Responses to “SOME CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND”

    Comment by
    July 11th, 2005
    at 6:26 am

    “There was a difference, however, in discipline problems. The researchers found that transferred students were more likely to be sent to the principal’s office or sent home as punishment.”

    Hmmmmm….are transferred kids misbehaving more often or to a greater extent, OR are they being judged more harshly than the “regular” students?

    How happy are the receiving schools about these transfers?

    This report was developed by the school, and not an independent party, right?

    Comment by
    Ian Lewis
    July 11th, 2005
    at 9:11 am

    For me, all of the statistics that they track (i.e. Reading/Math improvement, HSPT, Iowas, Stanfords, SAT/ACT scores, GPA, etc.) come in second place to Parental Satisfaction.

    We would never rate a Supermarket by the weight of its shoppers. Nor would we rate a department store on how warm its shoppers were.

    Also, a more relevant comparison, we would never rate Harvard, or Princeton, or Berkely on their grades (esp. after grade inflation), we rate them on demand. And this is a good way to judge parent/student satisfaction.

    Comment by
    July 11th, 2005
    at 9:17 am

    I don’t know about that. The vast majority of folks rate their own schools very highly, even if they think the whole system is in poor shape. Cognitive dissonance is a powerful thing.

    I’m in Six Sigma training now. The motto there is “Show me the data.”