An article in the Christian Science Monitor discusses how the number of schools declared "failing" (sorry… "in need of improvement") under the provisions of No Child Left Behind has declined this year. The decline doesn’t seem to be coming from improved student learning as much as from a change in the targets that schools must meet. And those targets have been lowered.
So, this brings up the question, how do you define student "achievement" under the moving targets of this train wreck of a law? I have my ideas but I doubt I could say it better than Shari over at An old soul. She asks some good questions, not only about achievement but also the whole concept of what a test is supposed to show. Also read the excellent analysis of the CSM report by Education at the Brink. Lies, damn lies, and statistics indeed.