That’s the title of an article a friend recently pointed out to me, published in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago. A lot of people dislike the No Child Left Behind Act, and this author (Neil McCluskey) is no exception. Here is my favorite part:
According to a report last month from the Institute of Education Sciences, a research branch of the U.S. Department of Education, while states are declaring success on their tests, almost none have standards even close to those of the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress — the so-called “Nation’s Report Card.” Almost all states have set their standards below NAEP’s “proficiency” level.
If it weren’t so sad it would be comical – states have standards set so low that they fail to even meet the national “proficiency” level. What a waste of money, and yet politicians continue to throw tax dollars that direction. How long will it take before they acknowledge the plan is a failure (or try to distance themselves from it as much as possible)?
If you don’t have online access to the Wall Street Journal, the entire article can be found for free here.