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Media: Media Mischaracterization Of NCLB Then & Now

Flickr daniel blume The Education Writers Association has an interesting interview with Gene Hickock, fromer top USDE official in the Bush administration, who notes that the media have long struggled to report on NCLB accurately. He describes reporters "going to their local sources–school boards, union leaders, the superintendent’s office–that were often misinformed or biased" back when NCLB was first passed and continuing to mischaracterize the law as labeling or punishing schools. He also notes how difficult it was even under NCLB to compare states or prevent them from cooking the books in terms of performance [it will only get worse under waivers], and thinks the Obama administration has gotten too much credit for Race To The Top before any results are in.  Image via Flickr/Daniel Blume.

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I attended a meeting at AEI in the early NCLB days where Gene Hickock was asked if he believed that all third graders at 100% proficiency was a realistic goal. He said no, but you can't say that we should have 95% as a goal.

Sadly NCLB has resulted in schools gaming the system. Rather than teaching children what they need to learn and the test gauging success they are teaching kids to pass the test. There are certainly pieces of NCLB that I don't agree with, but to blame it for failure in our school system is ridiculous.

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