llary52 left a comment on David Warlickâ€™s 2 Cents Worth blog about the flexibility NCLB gives states in the way they assess students.
NCLB allows all kinds of assessment â€“ just not the assessments that are the most valuable for teachers and students to make informed decisions about teaching and learning. NCLB also doesnâ€™t do a good job of paying all the costs of assessment, or developing assessments that might be a better fit for your state or locale or assessments that are prescriptive – designed onsite at individual schools to meet the needs of those specific students and teachers. If the state gave local districts and schools that autonomy it would become a logistical and bureaucratic nightmare to keep track of – with even higher costs that would not be covered by NCLB monies.
In other words to state that NCLB gives states that flexibility is flat-out disingenuous. Harvard allows flexibility to go to any high school so I can receive the education to have a good chance to gain admission to Harvard â€“ does it pay my costs to go to any private high school I want to attend? No â€“ so Harvard doesnâ€™t really give me that flexibility unless I am able to absorb those costs â€“ just like NCLB. How many states in todayâ€™s economy can absorb all those costs? Wyoming â€¦ maybe a few more.
Are states complaining about not getting the funds from NCLB to cover those costs â€“ yes â€“ raise your hand if you think they want to add writing and other subject area assessments and pay for them too.
Learning and assessment are messy – expensive!