About the same time, someone sent me this article: Standardizing Mediocrity in America’s Public Schools. I have heard almost every teacher I know, complain about No Child Left Behind. They say it forces them to teach to the test, that it's more like No Child Rises Above. One teacher actually had hopes that Obama would get rid of No Child Left Behind.
Instead, we get Race to the Top. This thing was crammed into last fall's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and provides over $4 Billion to school districts who "advance reforms around four specific areas:
- Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy;
- Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction;
- Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; and
- Turning around our lowest-achieving schools."
Remember, these are the same people who did away with the wildly successful voucher program in DC. I'm highly suspicious anytime the federal government sticks its nose in things that should be handled on a state and local level.