A history of failed reform

Nov 7, 2011 by

By Marc Epstein –

If you follow newspaper accounts about school reform, you can’t help but notice that various school reforms that have inundated public education over the past decade of mayoral control of the New York City public schools have failed.

For years we eard that under the leadership of former Chancellor Joel Klein, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, corporate-driven school reform had achieved big improvements in standardized test scores.

The boast that reading and math scores had achieved miraculous breakthroughs vanished when Harvard Professor Dan Koretz did a study for the Board of Regents, indicating that the examinations were ineffective. In response to the study, the Board of Regents recalibrated the scores downward. The education miracle was a mirage.

That wasn’t the end of the bad news. The New York Times reported that 75 percent of the incoming freshmen to New York’s community colleges required remedial instruction.

via A history of failed reform – The Answer Sheet – The Washington Post.

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