According to Education Week, students are graduating from high school and then going directly into remedial Math, Reading and Writing Courses. Given the release of the research last week from the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine this should really come as no surprise. We have tortured, I mean tested a generation of kids in Math, Reading, and Writing and the end result is more kids need to be remediated. In other words, NCLB is and was a complete disaster.
However, leave it to Pennsylvania to blame it on teachers. Ron Tomalis, Pennsylvania secretary of education, thinks, "to improve the K-through-12 experience, the Corbett administration would use various means, including tenure reform, to weed out unqualified teachers."
So according the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, the data demonstrate that a focus on "accountability," "AYP," and the high stakes testing regime, does not prepare students for college. But in Pennsylvania (according to Tomalis), students are not ready for college because of "unqualified teachers."
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