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Date Posted: 08:21:09 03/22/07 Thu
Author: JRM
Subject: Re: You picked the right board for that topic
In reply to: Grizz 's message, "Re: You picked the right board for that topic" on 05:40:56 03/22/07 Thu

THE NAEP and the Georgia CRCT are two different tests.

THE NAEP is a test given to a sampling of students in EVERY state and thus you can compare how Georgia Students are doing on the same criteria as say Texas Students. The Georgia CRCT only tells Georgians how they are doing on "Georgia" curriculum. So what it says is that 80% of our kids are "proficient" in 4th grade while the National tests says they are on about 38% proficient.
If you compare children to criteria, Georgia looks just fine except maybe the criteria are too low. If you compare Georgia, as has been done for decades, to other states, we are still 48th in the Nation no matter what the Georgia tests say. The CRCTs are for boosting the political esteem of the education lobby while the NAEP is a measure of the national status of education compared from state to state.

Whatever way you look at it, Georgia isn't honestly improving, it is just fudging the statistics which is nothing more than "shine".

Whether you talk about the now defunct "Gateway" or the Georgia CRCTs, it is all "Outcome Based Education" which has nothing to do with actual progress in terms of helping Georgia students compete with students around the nation for a more educated America. In other words, the Georgia schools are the same, only they feel better about it.

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