Monday, April 25, 2011

Mass parents like their schools, don't like ed reform

By a wide margin, Massachusetts parents said that they are "satisfied with the quality of the education" for their K-12, publicly educated, children (more than seven in ten).
However, the same poll (by UMass Dartmouth) found:
... less than half of respondents in the UMass poll - 42.5 percent - said they felt the state's education reform efforts, such as statewide MCAS testing, had significantly improved student performance.
Perhaps most tellingly, the spin from the DESE at the end of the article is weak, citing how widely the MCAS is seen as strong, how the scores have gone up....the proof of the pudding is in the eating, folks. The people who are eating it are Massachusetts parents and students, and they don't think it's good.

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