My local newspaper ran an article last Saturday detailing Georgia’s yearly public school progress, specifically showing progress from 2010 to 2011 in regards to No Child Left Behind.
Overall the state was down. Some of the reasoning points to the fact that the stakes were raised on the percentage of high schoolers graduating. It was set at 80% graduation rate and is now at 85%. I suspect it is really a mix of several problems. Some kids are just not good test takers. Some kids just can’t handle the abstract thinking required in some math problems or reading questions. Things like math vocabulary terms, math procedures, or inference questions give them trouble, thus they can’t understand the question let alone supply the correct answer. Some kids have not been taught to think or reason. Some kids have learning challenges that prevent them from excelling in testing situations (dyslexia, dysgraphia, CAPD…); they are special needs learners. Some kids can’t think under pressure or they are distracted by the various noises around them. Sadly, some kids just don’t care. Then there are teachers who truly consider their work as just a job, not an investment in the future. Some kids have no hope, no dreams, no support. Aren’t you glad you homeschool!!