As near as I can tell, our Secretary of Education announced today that she will now allow some states to custom craft the baseball bat with which she will beat schools over the head.

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, using her administrative authority, said she will allow 10 states to move away from the 2002 law’s “pass-fail” system, which makes no distinction between a school in which many students fail reading and math tests and one that misses targets because a few students fall short. She said the pilot will allow states to focus on schools with students that need the most help.

What will not change, of course, is the all-testing-all-the-time philosophy with absolutely no research to support it at the core of No Child Left Behind.

Carry on. Nothing to see here.

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