In last week’s most-clicked ASCD Smartbrief news story:
A study by Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin shows that Texas’s public school accountability system, the model for the national No Child Left Behind Act, directly contributes to lower graduation rates. Higher dropout rates among African American and Latino students simulated a shrinking achievement gap in Texas schools–meanwhile, overall graduation rates were a dismal 33 percent. Over the long term, the study claims potential increased for educators to view students as liabilities or assets to school funding and job security and not as children to educate.
Texas public school officials have not yet responded to this damning study; let them know what you think, here.