SAT Scores Point to the Systemic Failure of Education Reform

September 5, 2015

SATs
So on Labor Day weekend the College Board releases SAT scores that show that said scores have slipped to the lowest level in ten years, with New York scores falling below the national average.

What to make of this? What to make of this in a nation where public education has long ago been hijacked by private citizens and absolutely dominated by their untested and unproven notions of “education reform”, all of it designed to make students “ college and career ready, “all of it centered on test scores as the ultimate criteria of both student learning and teacher “effectiveness.”

I, for one, find the use of test scores as anything more than one criterion among many to be as cynical and intellectually lazy as one can get. But that said, those who live by test scores should have the integrity to follow out their own logic. If their reforms are working, why after a decade are SAT scores going down? If they are
not, why are they allowed to continue ?
One would think that the people responsible for such failure, should they be reasonable and decent people, might be somewhat humbled at what they have essentially inflicted upon a generation of other peoples’ children.
But humility and decency are qualities in short supply amongst education reformers.

At any rate, New Yorkers were given a prelude to the SAT revelation – the ocean between the promises of reformer and the results of reform — in June 2014 with the startling news that not a single one of the “little test-taking machines
of Eva Moskowitz’s endlessly praised Harlem Success Academies was able to pass the test needed to enter New York City’s selective high schools.
Not one.
That news too should have been met with humility but, of course, it was simply buried, as this too is likely to be buried. But in the mean time you can rest assured that as you read this there are well paid mercenaries busy figuring out some angle with which to blame this failure on teachers and argue the need to double down on the insane policies ed reformers have been allowed to inflict on millions of American children.

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2 Responses to “SAT Scores Point to the Systemic Failure of Education Reform”

  1. Barbara Waldmann Says:

    Thank you for highlighting the unreported failure of Eva Moskowitz’s “deformation” of education. Are her hedge fund supporters still crowing now? The New York Times reported that Success Academy students wet themselves when not allowed to leave their classrooms to use the lavatory, a practice which would be considered child abuse and grounds for probable dismissal if inflicted by Department of Education teachers. Even with the extreme emphasis on test scores, not one of these students could achieve the “success” of acceptance in a NYC specialized high school! And this when less that 45% of the original entering class had completed their education at the Harlem Success Academy. Dismal, dismal statistics! And Eve wants to open 14 more of these institutions in the next year?


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