More Evidence That Reforms Not Working

There is more evidence that top-down mandated education reforms are not working.  On April 12, the national Network for Public Education reported that the billions of dollars spent on annual testing and Common Core have produced meager change.  In fact, based upon NPE’s analysis of test data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, achievement gaps have widened.  “It is past time to stop blaming students, teachers, and schools, and place the blame for stagnation where it belongs:  On nearly 20 years of failed federal policy based on failed assumptions,” stated NPE President Diane Ravitch.  Ms. Ravitch is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst and a research professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.  Previously, she was a U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education.

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