Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Texas school accountability system creates lower graduation rates

Not long ago, the Austin Business Journal reported that a study by Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin found "that Texas' public school accountability system, the model for the national No Child Left Behind Act, directly contributes to lower graduation rates."

The study also revealed "that the higher the stakes and the longer such an accountability system governs schools, the more school personnel view students not as children to educate but as potential liabilities or assets for their school's performance indicators, their own careers or their school's funding."

In other words, the study found that children are being damaged by "test and punish" accountability systems and turned into mere pawns to be manipulated in the never-ending chess game of "school performance indicators."

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