In One Eye

Friday, June 20, 2003
 
In a new snapshot of the reading ability of American students, the nation's lowest performing fourth graders showed progress through much of the 1990's, while the scores of high school seniors consistently declined.
Compare that with a related story from today's Courant.
Connecticut's ... black and Latino children lag further behind white students than in most other states, the U.S. government reported Thursday.

Of particular concern was the gap between minority and white students in eighth grade in Connecticut, which grew worse over the past four years and caught state officials by surprise.

"It's disheartening," said Abigail L. Hughes, associate state commissioner of education. "We have to look differently at how we're meeting the needs of minority students. It can't be business as usual."
This phenomenon demonstrates why standardized testing is so bogus.

After all, it's not as if fourth grade teachers are more competent than high school teachers.

Clearly, this is a social as well as an educational issue.

"Experts" will get nowhere if they continue to treat the symptoms (test results) and not the disease (the conditions that lead to those test results).

Of course, the Bushies have shown where they stand on this issue.