Report: Value of Michelle Rhee-style reforms is questionable
- A new report from education advocacy group Brighter, Bolder Approach to Education argues that Michelle Rhee's education reforms in D.C.--brought about by Rhee between 2007 and 2010 and continued by Chancellor Kaya Henderson--bring few benefits, harm students and draw attention away from other policies more capable of improving impoverished students' educational attainment.
- According to the report, test scores rose slower in D.C., Chicago and New York than in cities that didn't adopt Rhee-like reforms, although achievement gaps in those cities did increase at a quicker rate.
- The report goes on to recommend a more comprehensive approach to school reform that addresses conditions outside of the school and how they impact student performance.
From the article:
... "Clearly child poverty has been a significant factor contributing to low student test scores and graduation rates in these three cities. Failing to provide supports that alleviate impediments posed by poverty ensures continued low student test scores and graduation rates, and large gaps between average test scores of white and affluent students and test scores of minority and low-income students," it says. ...
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