Finding the right incentives to improve public education

July 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

A New York Times story today reports what many have already assumed: New York students’ remarkable test score gains over the past few years were due in large part to the fact that the tests were getting easier, not that the students were necessarily learning more. The story is a reminder of one of the fundamental flaws in the No Child Left Behind law that the Obama administration is now trying to fix – the incentive structure. Under NCLB, schools were punished if they didn’t make constant and steady improvement on state tests, so states had an incentive to make tests easier and easier. How to get it right this time remains an open question, however. READ MORE…

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