Iowa’s proficiency standard, not its students, is problem
Eleven years into No Child Left Behind, requiring schools to stop the practice of considering students defective and educate them up to grade level, Iowa remains stuck on the pathetic 41st national percentile as the student proficiency level (when the 65th national percentile is grade level for this country – and our 95th national percentile is grade level for international standards).
The Manhattan Institute issued a report in 2004 documenting the fact there are really no defective students; ACT issued its own report in 2008 saying the same thing; so anytime you hear an individual in education attempt to “justify” some group as defective, that individual is an example of the problem rather than the solution.
U.S. public education has been falling behind the rest of the world since phonics was dropped from the curriculum (around 1960) and the math curriculum began a series of revisions (around 1960) that destroyed it from what the rest of the world continues to use — hence the reason for NCLB to focus on reading and math.
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