A review by Robert Maranto of Sandra Stotsky’s latest book makes it clear that K-12 standards aren’t the only thing to reform in order to improve kids’ academic achievement. They need academically competent teachers as well as first-class academic standards for K-12. That was the “secret” of the Massachusetts education miracle and why the gains have been enduring for all demographic groups up to and including the latest NAEP scores, which show Massachusetts still at or near the top on all grade 4 and 8 tests in math and reading. Why don’t education researchers look into the matter?
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The review, by Robert Maranto at the University of Arkansas, is titled: “Licensed Mediocrity,” a review of An Empty Curriculum: The Need to Reform Teacher Licensing Regulations and Tests, by Sandra Stotsky, Academic Questions 28, no. 4 (Winter 2015): 490–94.