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July 23, 2012

Think About It: Reading Regal Results

Last week's report that public school student test scores had risen in both math and reading was a great sign for our beleaguered school officials, teachers, parents, and students. Yes, changes have been made, to some degree. Yes, teachers are bogged down with more paperwork than ever before to ensure compliance with federal regulations. Yes, the system is still run with a cover-your-okole attitude, but at least the annual benchmark of testing shows some positive, tangible results that should be celebrated as summer vacation comes to an end next week. 

The test results may only appear as numbers on a piece of paper, but they are one step in the right direction of the long-term goal- ensuring that our public schools kids have the best opportunities we can afford to reach their potential by the time they decide whether to go on to college or to jump right into the job market. These results and the 10% reduction in schools not meeting the Adequate Yearly Progress goals of the No Child Left Behind mandates  provide validation of the measures taken by the DOE, school officials and teachers in planning and in execution, and it needs to be acknowledged when this unwieldy public education institution shows movement in the right direction.

Now, if the legislative side can figure out how to better supply the necessary books and buses, circulating air, bathrooms and fixtures that work, and more high tech equipment to better prepare our kids, then we can expect to see continued improvement in the years ahead. Think about it…


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