Failing the Test
Why cheating scandals and parent rebellions are erupting in schools in New York, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.
- Test Scores on high-stakes reading and math test increased less, and the achievement gap widened.
- Reported successes evaporated upon closer examination. In D.C., for instance, black eighth graders’ scores fell five points while their counterparts’ rose five points between 2005 and 2011. The achievement gap has soared by 44 percentage points in 4th-grade reading and by 72 points in 4th-grade math.
- Experienced teachers quit the profession in droves.
- School closures didn’t give students a better education.
- Charter schools were at best a mixed blessing, especially for the most disadvantaged kids.