Ravitch: “Just Say No to the Race to the Top”

On a blog at Education Week, Diane Ravitch advises that states should “Just Say No to the Race to the Top.”

Ravitch notes:

It might better be called the Race to Nowhere, or as some have dubbed it, the Race to the Trough or the Dash to the Cash.

She notes the demoralization of teachers across the country who

… thought that President Obama would break free from the test-based accountability of No Child Left Behind, and now … realize that he plans to apply even tougher penalties based on test scores.

The list of her “top 10 reasons for saying no” offers much to think about, especially from someone with her background with the Reagan-Bush administration.


One Comment

  1. Terry Emrick
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Why are you so afraid of measureing performance? If it can be measured, it can be improved.

    Please look at successful businesses. You will find that everything is measured and the results drive business initiatives of all successful businesses.

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