In One Eye

Monday, May 02, 2005
The New York Times yesterday saw fit to repeat the tired story of achievement disparity in Connecticut's schools. To be sure, the fact that the state comprises some of both the wealthiest and poorest areas in the country is a sad one, but the news is hardly fresh. Educational disparities perforce go along with these economic differences.

This is exactly why I've been derogating standardized testing for the past decade. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict that test scores will be higher in Darien than they are in Bridgeport. Any number of unfortunate social factors make it difficult for Bridgeport's students to attain the artificially high test standards that the solons of Connecticut's legislature decided to impose in the mid-90s. The federal education "experts" likewise have no idea of educational reality when they insist that every student in America—no matter what his economic background, family status, or mental ability are—will perform to some arbitrary standard by 2014.

While the Times reminds us that this will be a difficult row to hoe, it's hardly investigative journalism.