“..The No Child Left Behind policy forced states, cities and individual schools to compile detailed information about how their students were performing.
Just like National Standards, the data showed yawning achievement gaps between rich and poor.
Tough: “In every state, in every city, at every grade level, in almost every school, students from low-income homes were doing much worse than students from middle-class homes – they were two or three grade levels behind, on average, by the time they left middle school.
And the achievement gap between rich and poor was getting worse every year.”
But there’s been no outbreak of student achievement since – and no narrowing of the gap between rich and poor.
Reformers are now looking to the next miracle solution: teacher quality.
As Tough writes, the current consensus is that “there are far too many underperforming teachers – especially in high-poverty schools -
- and the only way to improve outcomes for students in these schools is to change the way teachers are hired, trained, compensated, and fired”..”
(ed:..i repeat..legislate to end poverty..
..doing anything else without fixing that/lifting those on the bottom…
..and expecting positive results/outcomes..
..is really just pissing into the wind..eh..?)
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