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Tom Pauken is not only the Texas Workforce Commissioner, he is a prominent member of the Texas Republican party.
He says that labeling schools by test scores based on formulas written in Washington, D.C., and Austin is a sort of “abstract intellectualism” that doesn’t work.
He says there are lots of good jobs that go begging because young people aren’t prepared for them.
Here is his testimony to the state legislature.
His only error is in assuming that the demand for high-stakes testing prepares students for college.
It doesn’t. To prepare well for college, you need far more than the ability to answer bubble-test questions. You need to be well read, able to write well, able to think for yourself, able to figure out complex problems, know a goodly amount of history.
None of these things matter for NCLB–or for that matter, for the Race to the Top.
Both NCLB and RTTT are “abstract intellectualism” at their worst.