Richard J. Coley, pictured above, is director of the Educational Testing Service’s policy information center. Mr. Coley is the co-author of an ETS report that finally quantifies the federal government’s need to look elsewhere besides public schools for the causes of huge numbers of failing students.
Granted, student preparedness for academic success is affected by school experience, but ETS has identified four factors that fall outside of the control of public schools, and squarely in the domain of the family, and if aid is to be given to improve student achievement across the board, the responsibility lies with the federal government, not the local public schools.
These findings are in line with your common sense, and the correlations put the onus on the feds to put their money where their mouth is, and quit slamming public education.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it here…NCLB, while calling for the achievement of all students, is a pale echo of Oregon’s 1991 initiative for bringing schools into the 21st century. We have been way ahead of the feds in our aims to leave no child behind, and we don’t need an extra level — a very expensive level, I might add — of bureaucracy to accomplish this goal.
Let the feds help families directly, and let them stay out of the way of the states, to whom the Constitution of the United States confers the power to regulate public education.
Read the entire New York Times article here.