Change the timeline for proficiency of students from 14 years to 25 years.
Substitute grade-level descriptors, like below grade level, at grade level, and above grade level, for basic, proficient and advanced labels.
Satisfactory Annual Improvement, or SAI, not AYP. Focus on yearly increments in students' scores so teachers are constantly striving to improve instruction.
--W. James Popham, professor emeritus, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
They both want the youth of today to be great leaders of tomorrow. They both support the ideas behind the revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which strives to close the achievement gap between whites and minorities and ensure every child is proficient in core subjects in 10 years.
Imagine being commissioned to make a 30-minute documentary about the yield on investments in U.S. public education. You sift through piles of data and find some gold nuggets. Each one reveals a different perspective. As you dig deeper, you find a story layered with complexity. Finally, you realize the truth: "The whole story can't be told in 30 minutes."
(in constant2001-02 dollars)