Thompson: The Education Trust Admits Defeat (Sorta)
The Education Trust, an organization of the last, liberal true believers in NCLB-type accountability, has published "Stuck Schools Revisited," which shows how data-driven accountability has largely failed to improve low-performing schools -- as well as the lowest performing children of color in higher performing schools in Maryland and Indiana. Maryland improved its reading and math scores dramatically between 2005 and 2009. In 2005, 2/3rds of blacks attended schools that were low-performing for their subgroup. But by 2009, only 10% of Maryland schools improved performance for the bottom quartile of black students. Results were similar for Latinos, and the very different state of Indiana.- JT(@drjohnthompson) Image via.