August 31, 2012
The Catch-22 of Ridiculous Reforms
Posted by John Spencer
But here's the thing: It won't fail. It can't fail. The system is rigged to guarantee that no one will look at the data honestly.
If you make an entire teaching staff across a district (or an entire state) use a specific practice and it fails, you can always claim that the failure was due in large part to the lack of follow-through. The solution is more accountability and more rigor. If the teaching staff succeeds on any type of achievement scores, you can call it a success and increase the accountability and rigor.
Either way, when something is introduced and it makes no sense, there is hardly any chance for anyone to point out the failure and move on. So when kids still can't read at the end of third grade, don't be surprised if the results is less professional autonomy in the name of accountability and rigor.