- Borrowed from Parents Coalition of Montgomery
fyi. here you go. transparency required under ARRA. now we're getting somewhere. Thank you, Mr. Duncan. scroll down to see the data REQUIRED for the $$$.
Education Secretary Says Aid Hinges on New Data
By SAM DILLON
Published: April 1, 2009
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told the nationâs governors on Wednesday that in exchange for billions of dollars in federal education aid provided under the economic stimulus law, he wants new information about the performance of their public schools, much of which could be embarrassing.
In a âDear Governorâ letter to the 50 states, Mr. Duncan said $44 billion in stimulus money was being made available to states immediately. To qualify for a second phase of financing later this year, however, governors will need to provide reams of detailed educational information.
The data is likely to reveal that in many states, tests have been dumbed down so that students score far higher than on tests administered by the federal Department of Education.
It will also probably show that many local teacher-evaluation systems are so perfunctory that they rate 99 of every 100 teachers as excellent and that diplomas often mean so little that millions of high school graduates each year must enroll in remediation classes upon entering college.
Such information, Mr. Duncanâs letter said, âwill reveal both strengths and underlying challenges.â
On Wednesday, Mr. Duncan offered a detailed description of the information states must provide to show they are carrying out those pledges.
The data required includes the following:
Â¶Student math and reading scores on local tests, as well as on the National Assessment of Education Progress, a federal test that is more difficult.
Â¶The numbers of schools declared failing under federal law that have demonstrated student achievement gains within the last three years.
Â¶The numbers of students, by high school, who graduate and go on to complete at least a yearâs worth of college credit.
Gathering the new information, Mr. Duncanâs aides said, is part of a strategy to shine a spotlight on school systems that are not working well and drive their improvement.
Speaking with reporters in a conference call, Mr. Duncan inadvertently demonstrated how the information collected from states could be used to try to shame educators and public officials into making changes.