Tuesday, April 18, 2006

"No Child Left Behind" When They Don't Exist

A recent AP Computer Analysis has revealed a “Stopgap Solution” of racist consequence as concerns "No Child Left Behind". While the program is largely intended to account for the (frequent under) achievement of minority children, a loophole in the law allows states to exclude their scores altogether.

Case in point: "There are about 220 students at West View Elementary School in Knoxville, Tenn., where President Bush marked the second anniversary of the law's enactment in 2004. Tennessee schools have federal permission to exclude students' scores in required racial categories if there are fewer than 45 students in a group."

"While the exemptions were created for good reasons, there's little doubt now that group sizes have become political,' said [policy director for the Washington-based Education Trust, Ross] Wiener, whose group supports the law.

'They're asking the question, not how do we generate statistically reliable results, but how do we generate politically palatable results,' he said."

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