Failure of the Standards Movement – Research and Opinion by Larry Stedman

  • Stedman proposes an action agenda for reform. The first item on it is to repeal NCLB, as it substitutes testing for education and fails to address long-standing inequalities. Proponents use any score gain to claim it is working, even though such gains are often artificially induced, short lasting, and reflect drilling and test preparation rather than genuine learning. Even high-profile advocates of the standards movement, such as Ravitch and Murray, are now speaking out against it. Unfortunately, current federal efforts are aimed at tweaking NCLB, not replacing it. Arne Duncan, Obama’s Secretary of Education, for example, has said, “Let’s rebrand it.”
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