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Date Posted: 19:16:57 12/26/08 Fri
Author: Larry
Subject: Thinking day one
In reply to: Donald F. Valtman 's message, "Re: It looks like two situations" on 15:48:13 12/25/08 Thu

Or maybe its day two; Im still practicing.

The first hmm, was the fact they are using CRCT data. The law allows other benchmarks, such as SAT scores, but there is considerable demographic data required which is already collected for NCLB (its even billed as AYP data), so I suppose the decision to avoid spending money on more data crunching makes sense even though Im not a CRCT fan. Incidentally, the demographic data in the IE2 proposal has been available to the public every year as it happened, so there is nothing new here.

After the CRCT thing sunk in, I wondered about the improvement part, since Gwinnett kids did quite well on the CRCT. Its not that helping the 12 Eskimo kids in a school of 3,000 get up to speed isnt important; it just seemed pretty minor in the grand plan.

Turns out, its not minor. While many schools had a sub-group that fell short of state average performance, you dont have to look long to find schools where every group left state averages in the dust. Enter hmm number two.

Going back to the wording of the law as passed, it appears the main thrust is increased accountability which is in the proposal in spades but it appears the school must not necessarily be in need of any improvement to be included.

It will be interesting to see how the DoE responds to this proposal.

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