As the years tick down to 2014, we get closer to the day when No Child Left Behind says that every student in every public school in this country will pass their annual battery of standardized tests. All at the same time. Period. No exceptions.
Which means, as the Post seems to have suddenly discovered, that a growing number of schools previously considered good are now being declared failures under the law, largely due to a few students in “sub-groups” who may not be capable of learning how to pass tests at the same time as their chronological peers.
And we have Congress critters who are equally amazed that such an incredibly misconceived plan, one with absolutely no research to support it, is not working.
“We’re getting to the point where we’re going to have almost every school in the country failing,” said Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. “We’re going to have to change that.”
Unfortunately, they will work to fix the public relations aspect of NCLB and do nothing to address the fact that all-testing, all-the-time is not a system for improving student learning.