President Bush’s Reading First program has had problems from the beginning. There are charges of conflicts of interest, budget fights, and now the Department of Education finds that it doesn’t work any better than approaches already in place. There was no difference in comprehension scores between students who participated in Reading First and those who did not.
"There was no statistically significant impact on reading comprehension scores in grades one, two or three," Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, director of the Institute of Education Sciences, the Education Department’s research arm, ... more...
One of the central lessons of
No Child Left Behind is that if school sanctions are tied to test
scores, the testing tail can wag the schooling dog. And a key problem
for the United States is that most of our tests aren't measuring the
kinds of 21st century skills we need students to acquire and that are
at the core of curriculum and assessment in high-achieving countries.
While a debate rages about whether our tests should be created at
the national or state level, th... more...
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