Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Title I funds to be Tied to Higher Standards

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President Obama told the National Governor's Association this week that it is not acceptable that American eighth graders rank 9th in the world in math and 11th in science. He told them that states are going to have to up their games, and he informed them that Title I funds (part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind) will be linked to states adopting higher standards, either as a part of the movement for common standards or on their own in conjunction with state universities. Here is a news article from the Los Angeles Times.

The proposal has already met with opposition. For example, the influential National School Boards Association has adopted a position criticizing the proposal as coercion. Here is their press release.

How would the President's proposal affect kids with disabilities? What do you think?

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  1. Jim,

    This well-documented, footnoted report by the Pioneer Institute "Why Race to the Middle?" says these are not standards at all, but statements of generic skills and a disorganized mess.

    The RTT regulations specifically pull away from the type of evidence based standard used by NCLB.

    Ignoring the research of the National Reading Panel and the National Math Advisory Panel and pushing whole language reading models and discovery learning in math will be particularly onerous for students with disabilities as it ignores so much of the research into effective instruction.

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