If U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has started a fire in proposing that states adopt common academic standards, a report released today by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute is adding kindling to the flames. The report looks at how the academic standards in 28 states are playing out in 36 elementary and middle schools. Basically, it found that it’s much easier for schools to make adequate yearly progress goals under the No Child Left Behind Act in some states rather than other states.
“Can we now officially say that accountability as currently conceived and practiced is a joke?” poses The Core Knowledge Blog in response to the report.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.