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    Filed at 7:54 pm under by dcobranchi

    Texas is unilaterally exempting itself from some requirements under NCLB because otherwise approximately 50 percent of their schools would have been labeled as “failing.” The irony here is that NCLB was modeled closely on the so-called Texas Miracle. Former Ed Sec Paige rode that horse all the way to Washington. Of course, the miracle was later shown to be pretty much a con. Maybe Texas’s rebellion will be the straw that breaks NCLB’s back.

    4 Responses to “NCLB IRONY”

    Comment by
    February 26th, 2005
    at 11:01 pm

    This comment has nothing to do with this post. I actually have a comment in response to one you left on Jamie’s blog. You said that homeschooling began in the 1960s. I was surprised you thought that. I would say it began quite a long time before the 1960s, even before the 1900s.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    February 27th, 2005
    at 5:19 am

    Yes, of course home education began either millions or 10,000 years ago. 🙂 By the ’60s comment I meant the modern home education movement.

    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    February 28th, 2005
    at 11:58 am

    “The measure of improvement required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, defined this year as at least 47 percent of all students and in each student group – black, Hispanic, white and low-income – passing the reading section of the 2004 state test. Thirty-three percent must have passed in math.”

    Wow. So, it’s the extra 11% of special ed. students they can’t give an “easier” test to now that are causing them not to have 33% passing in math and 47% passing in reading. I wonder what the passing grade is on those exams. In Tennessee, it hovers around 45%. How much teaching to the test is necessary to get 33% of your class to score a 45 or better on a basic skills exam?

    Comment by
    Tricia F.
    March 1st, 2005
    at 6:59 pm

    Thank you for clearing up the confusion. 🙂 After I posted and was talking with my husband, I realized you might have been talking about the modern movement–and you were.

    Thanks again.