<> Don't Blame High
Schools, Says NASSP Executive Director
Colleges are spending billions on remedial classes for freshmen, according
to the latest Strong American Schools report, Diploma to Nowhere-and they're
blaming high schools. In his response to USA Today's opinion piece on the
report, NASSP Executive Director Gerald N. Tirozzi is quick to point out
that the "blame and shame" message of the report fails to take into
consideration that high schools alone are not the problem, but rather school
reform must be addressed in a systemic K-12 manner. He also points out that
with 50 different sets of academic standards that vary from state to state,
it is almost impossible to have a clear barometer of college readiness. To
this end, NASSP has called for a national resolve for the implementation of
rigorous K-12 national standards. At the same time, it is important to
address the funding reality that only 15% of Title I funds, which are the
drivers for No Child Left Behind, are allocated to middle level and high
schools. Therefore, if Congress truly wants to reform secondary schools, it
must dramatically increase its funding for high schools and middle schools,
Tirozzi believes. To read USA Today's opinion piece, visit "Our View
<>  on Education: Not
Ready for College". USA Today, 9/22/08 

Second link to above heading "Don't Blame High Schools, Says NASSP Executive
Director/Link to USA Today article Opposing View:  Don't Blame High Schools:

Second link to Our View of Education: Not Ready for College:


 <> NASSP Supports
National Standards
NASSP calls on educators to embrace national standards and assessments as a
way to prepare a new generation of knowledgeable and creative citizens who
can effectively lead and collaborate in the new global economy. Common
standards and high-quality assessments are needed to measure the acquisition
of the requisite learning in a rigorous, authentic, and coherent fashion,
and states should play an important role in the development of national
standards and assessments. Read the full position
<>  statement on
national standards.



 <> Study: Many
Eighth-Grade Students Can't Handle Algebra
A new study <>
indicates that many of the nation's lowest-performing middle schoolers are
taking algebra and other advanced math courses before they've even mastered
multiplication, division, fractions, and other basic skills. More than a
third of eighth graders were enrolled in an advanced math course last year,
fueled by a nationwide push to encourage more rigorous math at the middle
level. According to the research, between 2000 and 2005, the percentage of
very low-performing students in advanced math classes more than tripled. And
among the lowest-scoring 10% of kids, nearly 29% were taking advanced math,
despite having very low skills-skills on par with a typical second grader's.
USA Today, 9/22/08


USA article link (same as above heading):


Study link:

The Misplaced Math Student: Lost in Eighth-Grade Algebra

 <> Education,
<> K-12 Education,
<> Demographics

 <> Tom Loveless, Director,
<> Brown Center on Education Policy 

The Brookings Institution


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