Sunday, December 04, 2005

Lower Education Standards Equal Less Learning

Wichita Liberty has a good post about the problems that arise when local education leaders lower standards to inflate local test scores and their own performance.

In short, education officials have found a way to make our poorly performing Kansas schools look good its simple, lower the bar and more students can pass the test, unfortunately that doesn't help students who will still have to compete against peers in Asia who are actually learning the skills they need to compete in the 21st century economy.
In Kansas, according to Standard & Poor's Statewide Education Insights, about 60% to 70% of students are proficient in reading, as evaluated by the Kansas state reading test. But on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests, only 33% to 35% of Kansas students are proficient. A similar discrepancy exists in the math test scores.

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