> An interesting article in the Albuquerque Journal
> today pointed out
> some of the problems
> with the testing guidelines in the NCLB law. All
> schools will fail
> before 2014 if this
> requirement to test every student no mater what
> their personal
> situation is.
> Below are excerpts from the article:
> Only 7 percent of Albuquerque's 6,726 students with
> disabilities who
> were tested scored proficient in math this year, and
> 13 percent were
> proficient in reading.
> 21 of the 82 Albuquerque public schools that did not
> make adequate
> progress failed only because their students with
> disabilities did not
> test on grade level.
> Three Albuquerque elementary schools failed to make
> progress under
> the act only because their English language learners
> didn't test on
> grade level.
> Schools are penalized, even though many are
> improving, for example,
> Eubank Elementary School doubled its percentage of
> students this year,
> But it failed to make progress because its English
> language learners
> did not test proficient in math.
> Now my opinion, Schools should be rewarded for the
> progress they make
> rather than penalized for not meeting
> these ridged targets. Also students with
> disabilities and those new
> to english should be counted separate from the
> general population. Common sense should prevail.
> Am I wrong here ? Woody
> Woody, Retired in Albuquerque
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