Thursday, October 19, 2006
WHOA! NEBRASKA UNDERACHIEVES HUGELY
IN NATIONAL WRITING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Gulp. Nebraska produced just five of the 606 students honored in the annual National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Awards. One student each from Creighton Prep, Elkhorn, Lincoln Southeast, Lincoln Southwest and Lincoln High were honored. See: http://www.ncte.org/about/awards/student/aa/125387.htm
Garbage in, garbage out: our reading curriculum is so crummy that it is not a surprise that our writing production would be so . . . well . . . so-so.
This is another clue that the statewide writing assessment is not telling Nebraska parents and taxpayers the truth about how well our students write. That assessment is highly touted by educrats and superintendents because its inflated, subjective scoring system masks the truth about our weaknesses and makes almost every Nebraska student look like Ernest and Ernestine Hemingway. It's so bogus it's not worth the paper it's . . . well . . . printed on.
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