Senate Plan to Revise No Child Left Behind Law Would Not Measure Teachers by Test Scores

Tamar Lewin and Motoko Rich, New York Times, April 7, 2015

A bipartisan Senate bill revising the No Child Left Behind law, and eliminating many of its most punitive elements, was announced on Tuesday.

The bill retains the requirement for yearly tests in math and reading for every student in third through eighth grade, and once in high school, and requires that the scores, broken down by race and income, be made public.

But it ends the framework under which almost all public schools were found to be failing, and could defuse what has become an all-out campaign by teachers, joined by many parents, to prevent having their job performances measured by students’ test scores.

The proposed legislation was negotiated by Senators Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, and Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington. Earlier this year, a House bill was abruptly pulled, mid-debate, when it became clear that it would not muster enough Republican support to pass.


Opposition to standardized testing has boiled over in recent years as the Obama administration used financial incentives and relief from the most onerous provisions of the No Child Left Behind law to require that states tether teachers’ job performance ratings to student test scores. The new Senate bill makes clear that states are not required to formally evaluate teachers or to use test scores if they do.

Also, under the proposal, the federal government would no longer prescribe how the states must handle schools with continuously poor scores.


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  • While this is not being done for our benefit, I approve. For the sake of white teachers who are stuck with low IQ black students.

    • propagandaoftruth


      Under the current Marxist insanity, no teacher CAN be held accountable. Teachers are given all the RESPONSIBILITY and no AUTHORITY. Such a classic double bind.

      The irony, of course, is that teachers need to more “mean” and demanding to those students most “at risk”.

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  • superlloyd

    Even the liberated teaching profession recognise that Obongo’s administration stipulation is unfair because the racial disparities are too great to be fine tuned. Backdoor admission of intractable, low black IQ.

  • how about this

    “Opposition to standardized testing has boiled over in recent years….”

    IQ tests (assuming the SATs and ACTs qualify as this) are a reliable way of predicting a variety of future outcomes in life, from school to incarceration to health to marriage. The opposition to them, as far as I can see, is just denial that the kids who act like morons are actually morons, and the kids who seem smart are actually smart.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      In the 70s IQ tests were legally used to evaluate and track students – fairly, I might add.

      You can imagine the results – which the cultural marxists – with their black useful idiots ever ready to riot – declared RACIST (even though the IQ tests used were non-verbal) – the word “yacht” wasn’t even on it, LOL.

      Lawsuits were filed and won and massive payments were doled out to blacks who were rightfully labeled ‘retarded’ and relegated to special Ed. Not surprising considering that the average black IQ is 80.

      These students are now mainstreamed into regular classrooms because the prevailing dogma is “IQ is meaningless!” Any failure is the fault of (as Jesse Jackson put it today) “structural racism.”

      That was the end of IQ tests. That was the end of mainstreaming.

      And we’ve been struggling with the results ever since as trillions of educational dollars are poured into “underperforming” blacks while your smart White student is cast aside -his AP, honors classes eliminated, his science lab closed and turned into a reading lab for blacks with IQs of 80.

      • dd121

        An entire generation of black youth was lost because they didn’t know the meaning of the whitey word “regatta”. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. /sarc

        • Hubbub

          I prefer Dan Quayle’s version: ‘A mind is a terrible thing.

          • dd121

            Particularly those black potatoe heads.

        • InAFreeCountry

          I remember those United Negro College Fund commercials. Back then, I would say, “A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

      • propagandaoftruth

        Hey, it’s all about “multiple intelligences”, baby!

        You see, you have…

        1. Visual-Spatial

        2. Bodily-kinesthetic

        3. Musical

        4. Interpersonal

        5. Intrapersonal

        6. Linguistic

        7. Logical -Mathematical

        And I’d like to add one more, one that blacks will ever prove superior to Whites. I call it…
        8. Stupid Intelligence.
        Although these fine young white fellers are trying hard…

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          Here’s one that got TWO scholarships for each intelligence:

          • propagandaoftruth

            He gonna bee a dokta o a loiya!

        • Jaggers

          Yes, I think “stupid intelligence” is a fine addition to Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory. It’s much more inclusive of historically underprivileged groups.

      • how about this

        The average Black IQ is actually 84 or 85 according to everything I have read (The Bell Curve for example), although in the ghetto it might be more like 80. Of course, neither one makes them even close to smart enough to perform like average Whites, not to mention Asians.

    • WR_the_realist

      The real opposition is from teachers who are penalized if their students test badly, something that teachers of our ghetto denizens have scarcely any control over.

  • JohnEngelman

    The bill retains the requirement for yearly tests in math and reading for every student in third through eighth grade, and once in high school, and requires that the scores, broken down by race and income, be made public.

    – Tamar Lewin and Motoko Rich, New York Times, April 7, 2015

    I am in favor of that. More attention needs to be drawn to the fact that race is not only a social construct, and that people in some races really do tend to be more intelligent than people in other races.

    On the other hand it is preposterous to punish a teacher for not getting the same results with blacks and Hispanics that she could have gotten with whites and Orientals.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Yeah I agree of course, but…

      1. No institution is more infested with Marxists than ejucayshun.

      2. Marxists must define Whites as a social class because…

      3. Marxists never commit genocide – they just mass murder (“destroy”) entire social “classes” of people. The bad ones, of course.

      This will not change until Whites start to riot, and when Whites start to riot, the revolution is on.

      Pray for it to happen soon.

      • JohnEngelman

        I doubt you have ever talked to a Marxist. I doubt you have read much or any of Karl Marx’s writings. Marxism has not been popular in the United States since the War in Vietnam, although socialism is becoming more popular.

        • propagandaoftruth

          I WAS a Marxist, John. I was a minor democratic operative, and the true believer progressives I “networked” with who had read Marx were all secretly Marxist.

          Oh no John, I’m not saying they would admit such in public, nor that all of them were self aware of what they believed. I wasted a lot of money in college taking poly-sci courses and read The Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital, Mein Kampf… Lots of other books too.

          I figgered, JE, that if we could just slip it in sidewise, disguised as “progressivism” and held our noses, bit our lips long enough, all would work out just peachy red one day.

          My roommate in college was a committed Marxist and we’d have long conversations, both having read Marx and Engels.

          “Progressivism” is the West’s version of “Marxism-Leninism”. And since Marxist-Progressives have had our ejucayshunal system in their messianic totalitarian goodist clutches for at least 5 decades now…

          I was well indoctrinated.

          I’m not a John Bircher, John. I’m actually OK with a well run, competent civil service as well as wise wealth redistribution. Our consumer economy would collapse without.

          I was being nice to you, Engleman. Don’t talk to me like that.

          • Northern American-Nationalist

            Ouch. You must be a Gen Xer in that case. You give me so much hope, it might be folly on my part, but thank you for existing anyway.

  • Red

    The bill retains the requirement for yearly tests in math and reading for every student in third through eighth grade, and once in high school, and requires that the scores, broken down by race and income, be made public.

    This I can certainly agree with. However, once the truth is revealed another bill will be proposed to conceal it.

    The ideal solution would be to abolish the U.S. Department of Education and return control to the states and municipalities.

    Regardless of what happens, private school or homeschooling is still the best option.

    • IstvanIN

      Absolutely. Education is a local issue with state oversight.

  • Jaggers

    And Obama will continue his tradition of being on the wrong side of every issue by vetoing this.

  • dd121

    They may not tie pay to performance because the performance is based on being able to teach people who can’t be taught because of low IQs. They just can’t quite bring themselves to admit the real reason.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Therefore nothing will change and trillions will continue to be poured down a rat hole.

  • John Smith

    As long as we have to attempt to educate negroes, this could never work.

    • Northern American-Nationalist

      Not even for the talented tenth?!?

      • John Smith

        That’s a relative term.

  • carriewhite64

    The guilty verdicts of all those black teachers and administrators who cheated on standardized tests is unacceptable to BRA and liberals. This is an attempt to take away at least some of the motive for teachers to cheat.

  • WR_the_realist

    Well the changes proposed are for the good, but why does congress never do the simple thing and just repeal bad laws outright?

    • Northern American-Nationalist

      and weaken their power?? C’mon now, you know better than that.

  • propagandaoftruth

    Teachers want to be able to teach. Most teachers I’ve known could live without diversity. Who you think makes policy, teachers?

  • Northern American-Nationalist

    Here in Miami-Dade county, Florida, it was just announced a few days ago that the school board eliminated all the county level final exams that aren’t mandated from above after the state legislature passed a bill (assuming the Governor signed it) suspending such requirements for graduation. Now we won’t know how far this two-thirds plus one-fifth Hispanic and Black respectively school district has fallen! You’ll just have to take our word on it that they are succeeding by our own measures of success…

  • Strider73

    Somehow I doubt the bill will remove the clause in NCLB that forces schools to give students’ personal information to military recruiters. Nor will schools be required to inform parents about the available “opt out” form. So parents must take the initiative in order to keep the uniformed trolls away from their kids.