Wednesday, April 30, 2008

NCLB cat skinning

Not sure if this sort of 'out of the box' thinking should be rewarded or not but it certainly proves there is more than one way to skin a cat. From Joanne Jacobs where she explains that some schools failed NCLB and some student race reclassification changed the school's status.

Principal Jim Wong reviewed the files of all the students classified as African American on the test, he said, and found that four of them had indicated no race or mixed race on their enrollment paperwork. Wong sent his staff to talk to the four families to ask permission to put the kids in a different racial group.

“You get a kid that’s half black, half white. What are you going to put him down as?” Wong said. “If one kid makes the difference and I can go white, that gets me out of trouble.”

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