Top-ranked schools are underperforming ... huh?

Categories: Education
U.S. News and World Report came out with its list of best high schools in the nation, and 13 Minnesota schools made the list.

Yay high schools! The confusing thing is, those same schools are listed as underperforming based on the standards of the Federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Huh? We don't get it.


The Star Tribune had this explanation Friday in its print edition:

Unlike the magazine, the state looks only at the results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests when determining whether schools are meeting Annual Yearly Progress as defined by the NCLB act.

"If you have a subgroup that does not meet standard for that test, it is labeled as a non-performing school," Noyed said. "You have a school that is doing extraordinary things with students, but still needs to make improvements for a small segment of students. That is part of the difficulty with the state's process of determine Annual Yearly Progress."

There are a lot of problems with the No Child Left Behind Act. This is just another example of how something as important as the quality of a high school education can't be quantified by people who aren't parents, or in the classroom.

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