Judging Obama's Blueprint

DS Dept.of EducationDS Dept.of EducationThe Administration's Blueprint on Re-Authorization of ESEA has been out less than a week and already it has drawn a dose of cheerleading and some sharp critique. The Center for American Progress takes everything in the Blueprint at face value and finds nothing to disagree with.  However, Richard Rothstein at EPI points out in an analysis published today, that the good stuff is rhetorical and optional, while the hard accountability adheres to the same narrow tests and timeframes as NCLB and expands to individual teacher accountability, which ups the ante. Some elements are internally contradictory. So, says Rothstein, it "needs some work" if its going to win adherants among the majorities that have grown weary, sceptical and demoralized under NCLB.