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    Filed at 7:20 pm under by dcobranchi

    NCLB is working just as designed:

    Less than a third of public schools in Cumberland County achieved “adequate yearly progress” in 2006-07, according to preliminary scores released this morning.

    Twenty-seven schools out of 88 in the county met all of their target goals as part of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

    Last year, 30 schools in the county made adequate yearly progress.

    As a quick review, by 2014 the schools are supposed to achieve 100% pass rates for every sub-category of students. If one student doesn’t make the cut, the entire school fails. This is an impossible dream, of course. But when the law was written, states were allowed to pick their own interim goals as long as they met the 2014 target. So AFAIK every state backloaded the process, predicting slow gains in the first few years followed by ever increasing gains. Basically, an exponential curve. Those chickens are now coming home to roost in the 5+ year old law.

    Unless NCLB is dramatically re-written, you’ll see a larger percentage of schools failing to meet AYP targets every year until, in 2014 (or perhaps even before), every single school in the country will be labeled “failing.”

    Mission accomplished.

    5 Responses to “IT’S WORKING!”

    Comment by
    August 18th, 2007
    at 6:31 am


    No Child Left Behind = All Children Left Behind

    No worries. “They” want it that way.

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    WARNING: Audio not work friendly. Mild cussing.

    Comment by
    Lisa Giebitz
    August 18th, 2007
    at 10:45 am

    Ha! George Carlin is fabulous.

    Comment by
    August 19th, 2007
    at 11:57 am

    Isn’t He just ….

    isn’t it just like a….

    Isn’t it just like a coma….

    When you wake up and meet the obvious?

    Isn’t it just …

    Comment by
    August 19th, 2007
    at 10:34 pm

    Oh, don’t worry. It’ll all work out. Once the kids hit grade 12 and turn 18, they aren’t technically children anymore. No CHILD left behind no longer applies and voila! Success! Yeah for public schools! Let’s all have a f*ckin’ party.

    I’m so sure.

    Comment by
    August 29th, 2007
    at 6:22 pm

    LOL!!!! I’m sorry, I don’t think that was supposed to be funny….was it?!