SBOE Holds Back on Standards

The Kansas State Board of Education has lowered the bar for schools when it comes to meeting the requirements of No Child Left Behind. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

We find it odd that board member Carol Rupe is relieved that the board won’t be “punishing schools that have been working so hard.” Should we be concerned about students–or schools?

The board had planned to upgrade what is required for schools to meet NCLB.

Schools that receive federal dollars for serving low-income students can be listed on improvement after missing performance targets — known as adequate yearly progress, or AYP — for two consecutive years. And once they are on that list, it takes two consecutive years of meeting targets to come off. In the meantime, school districts must give parents the option to transfer their children to higher-performing schools in their district.

Is that punishing schools? We call that liberating the parents who have had to endure bad performance. After all, schools don’t get on the list by having an outstanding record. Note that the district, in this plan, doesn’t even lose the student–or the money that comes with him. In short, it’s not much of a punishment.

See also the <a href=”http://www.parsonssun.com/news/articles/ayp092306.shtml”>Parson Sun</a>.

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