Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Speaking truth to power; Diane Ravitch and Erin Einhorn

As an antidote to all the PR feel-good nonsense put out by DOE, listen to the wise words of Diane Ravitch on WNYC radio today.

Diane said our kids are being turned into test-taking puppets….At the end of the day, you really have to ask is that what education is all about?”

And: “We’re not getting honest answers from Albany…we really need an independent audit agency to look at these test scores.”

Lots more great points from Diane -- about how the public's voice has been completely shut out of this administration.

Erin spoke about her blockbuster scoop in today's Daily News, showing that the dramatic rise in the 4th grade math scores in 2005 -- just in time for the Mayoral elections -- was a direct result of a much easier test.

1 comment:

Gary Babad said...

By the way, it wasn't just the easier test that inflated the scores that year. As I remember, they had ended third grade social promotion the year before, so they eliminated the lower achieving kids from the pool.