"No Excuse" Reformers Heavy On Excuses for Drop in NAEP Scores

Kevin WellnerKevin WellnerKevin Wellner of the National Education Policy Center offers (here) one of the better commentaries on the hypocritical response of reformers to the drop in NAEP scores that came out this week.  Carol Burris of the Network for Public Education pointed out today on national Public Radio, that the proponents of test-based accountability took a very different posture in 2013 when a very small uptick in NAEP scores were cited by Arne Duncan as proof that the strategies in place were working. Perhaps the no excuses crowd should think twoce about blaming the drop in student scores on the recession. After all, student poverty is just an excuse.