January 28, 2011 | Posted At: 09:45 AM | Author: Alexander Russo | Category: Media Watch
, NCLB News
Fun! Lets all beat up on Nick Anderson's NCLB story
! Andywonk kicks things off noting that the school that's presented as being unfairly dinged by AYP actually isn't doing as well as it should be
with poor and minority kids. Charlie Barone weighs in that the Post is perpetuating a 100 percent proficient myth and "becoming the Fox News of ed reporting
?" I would only add that Anderson's story is guilty of emphasizing the White House / Duncan "sky is falling" / "must reauthorize now" view of things (again) and omitting the reality of a new, different rating system called PLAS that is all that anyone is really paying attention to and -- most important -- the lack of any real (financial, professional, immediate) consequences for schools not making AYP. The ever-patient Anderson responds via Jay Mathews' blog that there isn't really room to get into the weeds of AYP
in mainstream news coverage, that low state standards are part of the problem, and talks about the sample size issue.