The new AYP figures are just out in Texas, and only 44% of the schools in the state made adequate yearly progress.
Next year it will be a lot worse.
By the rules set out in the NCLB law, the schools that can’t make it in a five-year frame will have to do something dramatic:
They can turn into a charter school.
They can fire all or most of the staff.
They can be taken over by a private management firm.
They can be taken over by the State Department of Education.
Or, they can do some other kind of major restructuring.
Well, folks, sorry to say that public education in Texas is heading for a cliff.
Remember that it was the “Texas miracle” that put the whole nation on the magic school bus to privatization.
Please, Texas school boards, keep passing those resolutions against high-stakes testing.
And here’s an idea: If nothing changes (and it won’t), just don’t give the tests next year.
If you want to keep public education, don’t give the tests.
Unless, that is, you want to give your public schools to some private company to run.