MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
Series resumes tomorrow: Our four-week series, Where the Test Scores Are, will resume tomorrow.
We'll be offering the third week in the series. This week's reports will carry this title:
Where the Achievement Gaps Are.
When our four-week series is done, we'll offer a single post with links to all sixteen reports. That post will offer single-stop shopping to the basic facts about one of our most remarkable journalistic scams.
What do domestic and international test scores suggest about American schools? For reasons at which we can only guess, the mainstream press corps has long been devoted to telling a highly selective story about that important question.
We get told about the gaps, but not about the gains. We hear about test score success in Finland, even in Estonia. Test score success in states like Massachusetts is reliably disappeared.
Why do our big mainstream newspapers insist on misleading the public about what our test scores seem to show—about Where the Test Scores Are? Though we can only guess at an answer, we'll do so before we're done.
Whatever any possible motives may be, one fact is abundantly clear. The American public is persistently given a highly selective, misleading set of facts about the apparent state of its public schools.
Our big newspapers should be ashamed. But shame has never seemed to be one of their tricks.
Starting tomorrow: Where the Achievement Gaps Are! We'll give you the basics on the international achievement gaps and on the gaps which exist within our own student population.
People should know the basic facts about this widely-discussed, important topic. But alas! The mainstream press corps seems devoted to telling a highly distorted tale, and our pseudo-liberal corporate stars manifestly don't care.
Their kids attend the best private schools. It's all narrative from there!
Tomorrow: The gaps of Fairfield County