[regional_school] Re: How well does the standards movement stack up?

  • From: Shawgi Tell <stell5@xxxxxxx>
  • To: regional school <regional_school@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 09:37:40 -0500 (EST)

From the standpoint of students, teachers, education, and society the standards 
movement has been harmful and destructive, achieving no progressive goals. But 
it has been a huge success from the standpoint of "education reformers" and the 
corporate world. The use of standards, tests, data, and metrics over the last 
20-30 years has allowed these forces to successfully usher in many of the new 
arrangements they want under the veneer of high ideals.
----- Original Message -----
From: William Cala 
To: regional school 
Sent: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 09:23:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [regional_school] How well does the standards movement stack up?

 Excellent study! Bill Articles
How Well Does the Standards Movement Measure Up? An Analysis ofAchievement 
Trends, Academic Course-taking, Student Learning, NCLB, and
Changes in School Culture and Graduation Rates
Lawrence C. StedmanAbstractThis is the first of two papers examining the 
standards movement. In it, I review data from NAEP, the SAT, the international 
assessments, transcript studies, and NCLB assessments, as well as surveys and 
case studies of changes in curriculum and pedagogy. The picture is a bleak one. 
Over the past quarter century, achievement has stagnated, dropouts and 
aliteracy have grown, and large minority achievement gaps have persisted. The 
quality of student learning remains poor. School changes, stratified by class 
and race, have constricted instruction and harmed students and teachers. NCLB 
has made things worse, not better. Even in the two areas where the movement has 
achieved some success—lower grade math achievement and high school academic 
enrollments—the gains were largely superficial, other forces such as 
teaching-to-the-test and social promotion contributed, and serious deficiencies 
remain.In the second paper, “Why the Standards Movement Failed,” I examine the 
educational and political reasons for the failure—including its misconstruction 
of pedagogy and links to the neoliberal reform project—and propose a 
progressive alternative.__._,_.___ 

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