Education Comm. Discusses ‘No Child’ Waiver Request

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius is going to Rochester to discuss the state’s request for the waiver to sections of the federal No Child Left Behind law in the first stop in a statewide tour.

She is scheduled to host a public meeting from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the International Event Center in Rochester. The next stop is Dec. 14 in St. Cloud.

The central part of Minnesota’s waiver request is a move from a system that uses a single high-stakes test to measure school performance to a system that uses multiple measurements.

In addition to meetings in Rochester and St. Cloud, subsequent events in the metro area and other parts of outstate Minnesota are planned for January and February.

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  • Carl

    Just another broken Obama campaign promise. Add it to the list of failures.

    • Bubba

      NCLB was a Bush initiative, backed by both parties. This outdated law needs changing and Mn. is wise to opt out of it and set their own standards.

      • Carl

        Obama promised to repeal it. How do you think he got the Teachers Union vote??

  • keel

    Stop being a stupid example of a poor education, Carl. The point to be taken from this article is that once again, the education establishment objects to any sort of results measurement which might point out the abject failure that the entire system is. If you can’t pass the test…change the test. Typical .

    • The Truth

      keel, did you read the article? The “education establishment” is favoring multiple results measurement rather then a single test. Using a single test to to decide how a school is doing is ridiculous.

      • keel

        Of course I didn’t read the article…I never read the articles…I just throw out comments whenever I possibly can. Your attempt at condescension is poorly directed. My point is a valid one. The “education” community is bloated with administrators, assistants, and assorted non-fundamental people who consume vast amounts of the taxpayers’ dollars with little or no oversight by ineffectual school boards. If the test is the same for all schools, then it is a fair measurement of relative achievement. What the relative authorities choose to do with those results are up to them.

        • Bubba

          Keel, you have no clue about what goes on in the education community. The NCLB is a flawed law. If you read it you’ll see it becomes a virtual certainty that any school system will fail if it has any kind of diverse population. No business is held to the same standards as education. Tell me one company that will ensure their product without exception and it will never have any disgruntled customers. That’s the standard we’re holding our schools to. There was a reason the Bell Curve was created, to show that there will be a majority who will succeed, a minority who will overachieve and a minority thatt will not succeed.

          • keel

            Bubba, you are truly a dimwit. If a business consistently produces a substandard product or service it will cease to exist. We really aren’t talking about a few “disgruntled customers” here, are we. We are talking about a majority of students who are unable to meet basic educational goals; goals which, by the way, are somewhat less than extreme.

            Working my way through your tortured sentence structure, I discover that you evidently feel that the name for the statistical method of distributing grades is so important that its’ name should be capitalized. I love capitalization. It makes things seem so much more important than what they really are. Perhaps, though, you are referring to the book of the same name, in which case you would be correct.

            You also assume that I support NCLB. The answer is yes and no. I believe in standardized achievement tests and I do not believe that these tests are difficult enough.

            Finally, please leave out the “diverse population” thing, will you? If the kids can’t learn because they have no family, no breakfast, no milk in the refrigerator because the money all went to buy crack, then say so.

            A sense of self-worth only comes from personal achievement.

  • Bubba

    Keel, majority of students aren’t failing these tests. The large failure areas are in the urban areas. Not excusing, the cities, but every study out there shows the direct correlation between poverty and students struggling in school. Yes, they can rise above it and many do. My beef with you is blaming the schools when it’s mostly a parental problem. As for them spending their money on crack instead of food for their kids, what a dork you are. Generalizing is your specialty, obviously.

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