Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Misspellings clarifies NCLB "leeway" remarks


The Bush administration today clarified what it means by granting more "leeway" for schools trying to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) laws.

According to Bush's top education advisor, Margaret Misspellings, the new revised law will be called All Schools Still Pretty Much Left Behind (ASSPMLB).

Misspellings was careful to clarify reports in The Washington Post about granting leeway to schools under NCLB. She stated,"We are excited about granting schools more leeway. But the purpose is to hold firm in our surreal requirement that 100% of all students in every disaggregated subpopulation in 100% of America's schools score at the proficient level on their state standardized assessment or they FAIL. While blindly holding firm in this unreasonable and irrational standard, we hope to provide additional flexibility in the myriad of ways in which schools can work hard and still fail."

Misspellings added, "It is only by labeling all of America's schools failures and developing alternative methods of failure that we can increase the number of private schools who are not held to these same irrational standards."

She added, "I hope this clarifies what we mean in the reports stating that we are giving more schools leeway."

Monday, November 21, 2005

Sent by an astute trend spotter

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Governor finishes last in his division again.

Rumors have it that the guv kinda got into it with Dr. SueEllen Reed, Indiana's State Superintendent of Public Instruction, at an Education Roundtable meeting. Evidently a report was being given that indicated Indiana's student achievement had been slowly and steadily rising in many areas. The governor took exception to any good news and revealed that the LA Dodgers had improved too but they play in a weak division.

I have about had it with the lame sports analogies. This is not a game - its education! American obsession with rankings and ratings will be our demise.

These folks don't get it. The unintended consequences of trying to be number one on some international or national test will eventually choke out what remains of the American creativity and ingenuity. (See the previous post on this blog.) Teachers in the trenches will confirm this.

My son came home with an A- the other day. I guess using the governor's flawed logic I should frown and ask him why he wasn't number one in the class that day AND tell him that since he is
not in the advanced math class that he should be disappointed because he is in a weak division.

As they say, "The beatings will continue until morale improves."

Unintended Consequences

Last week one of our teachers who has been going room to room helping teachers implement some new programs, told us in an administrative meeting that the standards-based reform efforts have become so emphasized, that teachers are resorting to "chalk talk" and lectures because they feel so pressured to cover the specific indicators that they feel could be tested.

They feel so rushed to cover everything tested that they don't feel they have time to take material into depth and do something interesting with it. In other words, the unintended consequence is that school becomes less fun, and less engaging for students.