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A Story of Dysfunction Points to a Couple of Basic Truths

Publication date: Aug 25, 2014

A fascinating article by a journalism professor/parent recently illustrated two problems endemic to schools.

Meredith Broussard, a professor at Temple University and the parent of a Philadelphia elementary school student, started by asking whether performance on state tests can be “gamed.” That question led her down a rabbit hole of thinking about curriculum, budgets, data, and the inequities that exist for high-poverty schools — all of which culminated in her article for Atlantic.com titled, “Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing.”

Broussard’s first discovery was that state reading tests do not assess what she calls “general knowledge,” but rather “specific knowledge contained in specific sets of books: the textbooks created by the test makers.”

Read the full article on The Huffington Post Education.

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