I promise not to get worked up here.
But really. Are we surprised to learn that saying it doesn’t make it so? My six-year old is surprised by this fact, but adult educational policy makers?
Big education news this week (this from the New York Times):
The Obama administration has been facing a mounting clamor from state school officials to waive substantial parts of the law, which President Bush signed in 2002, especially its requirement that states bring 100 percent of students to proficiency in reading and math by 2014 or else face sanctions. In March, Mr. Duncan predicted that the law would classify 80,000 of the nation’s 100,000 public schools as failing this fall unless it was amended.
Once you have committed to the title No Child Left Behind (NO Child Left Behind), you have to commit to 100 percent proficiency, right? Not something that rounds to 100 percent. 100%.
Seriously, who didn’t see this coming ten years ago?
Please note that the passage above suggests 80,000 out of 100,000 public schools would be sanctioned this fall. But that doesn’t mean the remaining 20,000 are at 100%. No, it means they are still making adequate yearly progress towards 100% in 2014. Or that they have been until quite recently.
Which is still three years away.