School reform: What went wrong, what went right, and what we should do in the fu
The greatest conceptual and most damaging mistake of test-based accountability systems has been the pretense that poorly supported schools could systemically overcome the effects of concentrated poverty and racial segregation by rigorous instruction and testing. This system has inadequately supported teachers and students, has imposed astronomically high goals, and has inflicted punishment on those for whom it has demanded impossible achievements.
Public schools can only succeed in achieving their democratic purpose of educating all children with all-around accountability. This means holding state and federal governments accountable for ensuring that children have legitimate, adequate and equitable opportunities to learn. Ultimately, a child denied opportunities will arrive at school with high needs, and a school without adequate capacity cannot effectively address those needs. No amount of testing and improvement plans can succeed absent a strong support system.
In a nation that prides itself on its achievements, the lack of opportunities provided to our neediest children is not morally justifiable. We must invest simultaneously in our economy, our society and our schools.MistaP, Downwinder like thisYou've heard of the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West, right? I'm the Morally Ambiguous Witch of the Northwest.
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