Obama’s education plan errs in abandoning ‘proficiency’ goal


February 3, 2010

THE OBAMA administration is retreating from a deadline to bring every child in 98,000 public schools to academic proficiency by 2014. What was seen as an attainable goal in the Bush years is now a “utopian goal,’’ according to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

There is plenty that Obama and Congress can do to improve the federal No Child Left Behind Law and its inflexible interpretation of the “adequate yearly progress’’ made by schools. But backing away from the goal that all students achieve proficiency on their state exams is a mistake in a field where nothing short of high-stakes testing grabs the attention of students, parents, teachers, and school administrators. {Read more here}

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