Friday, July 1, 2011

Review of Florida Formula for Student Achievement: Lessons for the Nation | National Education Policy Center

One killer finding that gets my attention. The fact that grade retention based on high stakes test results does not improve achievement. Why the black community has tolerated a policy that clearly hurts our children is beyond me.

Review of Florida Formula for Student Achievement: Lessons for the Nation | National Education Policy Center

2 comments:

Jen said...

Why limit it to the black community? I am continually upset by the role high-stakes testing has with regard to placement in school. In my own classroom, high-stakes test scores have kept students from receiving special ed. services when they clearly needed them, and has labeled students as special ed. when they clearly do not need services. I think it's high time to use some additional data when considering placement for students--of any color or ethnicity!

Lieutenant "Lou" Jackson said...

Hi Jen:
Thanks for your personal insight and I welcome your voice. I rather view my perspective as not limiting but more of a focus on the black community. Obviously a bad policy is a bad policy. And, if it hurts any child that is one child too many. But, the unfortunate reality is that communities of color, based on the data, usually take the broader hit resulting from thoughtless policy. My mission is to be a voice in the black community, but always welcoming additional views. Thanks for the follow and I look forward to your thoughtful and challenging comments.

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