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.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.