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AYP Report: Local School Systems Fail to Meet NCLB Benchmark - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA New...

There are 89 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Aug 11, 2011, titled AYP Report: Local School Systems Fail to Meet NCLB Benchmark - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA New.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

The numbers are in and they don't look good. Adequate Yearly Progress reports are out for all school divisions across Virginia.

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“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#1 Aug 11, 2011
Wait one minute. I thought that money is all that was needed to make our schools competitive. Isn't that what they scream about every year? Apparently money is not solving the education crisis in this country. Public education is a mile wide and only an inch deep. Get rid of this "No Child Left Behind" crap and start teaching subject matter and not just how to take a test. Besides the NCLB Act was nothing more than political correctness because some kids just couldn't keep up.
GoUVa

Bristow, VA

#2 Aug 11, 2011
C-Ville Patriot wrote:
Wait one minute. I thought that money is all that was needed to make our schools competitive. Isn't that what they scream about every year? Apparently money is not solving the education crisis in this country. Public education is a mile wide and only an inch deep. Get rid of this "No Child Left Behind" crap and start teaching subject matter and not just how to take a test. Besides the NCLB Act was nothing more than political correctness because some kids just couldn't keep up.
Very well said!
ActionJackson

South Boston, VA

#3 Aug 11, 2011
Gee, what a surprise! Maybe it's time for the studenst to unionize in order to protect what intelligence that they may have remaining!
The dumbing down of America brought to you by public education.
So Albemarle

Raleigh, NC

#4 Aug 11, 2011
NCLB needs to be scrapped. It was doomed from the beginning. GoUVa is right. Schools need to teach the subject.
smurfette

Winchester, VA

#5 Aug 11, 2011
Maybe your little precious isn't as smart as what you want others to think?
So Albemarle

Raleigh, NC

#6 Aug 11, 2011
Not me! My sons are grown and didn't have to deal with NCLB when they were in school.
irritated mother

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Aug 11, 2011
It is so character of the superintendents office to blame the kids of today. Everyone is at fault. The system went from learning the true basics of what they need, and pulling them forward from there, to only teaching them that this is what is needed when you work. We need to get back to the basics which reflects the major steps in reading and writing and actually teach them to get them where we need them to be. Heck, they may even somewhat enjoy the process and decide not to drop out.

Since: Aug 10

Earlysville, VA

#8 Aug 11, 2011
C-Ville Patriot wrote:
Wait one minute. I thought that money is all that was needed to make our schools competitive. Isn't that what they scream about every year? Apparently money is not solving the education crisis in this country. Public education is a mile wide and only an inch deep. Get rid of this "No Child Left Behind" crap and start teaching subject matter and not just how to take a test. Besides the NCLB Act was nothing more than political correctness because some kids just couldn't keep up.
It has already been said but, by God, you have hit the nail on the head. VERY WELL SAID !!
flashlight

Winchester, VA

#9 Aug 11, 2011
Look at the bright side. VaTech should have a bumper crop to choose from.

“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#10 Aug 11, 2011
So Albemarle wrote:
Not me! My sons are grown and didn't have to deal with NCLB when they were in school.
Good for you. My public education was in the Augusta County School System from 1970 to 1983. We drilled down into each of our subjects until we either got a good understanding of it or we failed. There was no retaking test or teachers assisting students with the answers as they do at Stony Point Elementary School. We are raising generations of kids that couldn't have cut it in public schools when I was a student.
Time4Excuses

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Aug 11, 2011
More money is needed to buy I-toys for every kid so they can focus on their game apps in school. Let's hire more tech people to support the I-toys and hire less teachers so the children master their gaming skills and update their facebook accounts!
Peter

Miamisburg, OH

#12 Aug 11, 2011
The schools are only teaching for the SOL crap. The kids and teachers are not learning anything. Pass/fail should be the only option. This retaking test is not only at Stony Point, it's in ALL the schools. The kids don't learn anything from this. Also, the way of teaching has COMPLETELY changed, especially in Math. Why did this change ? How many times do we have to tell the school boards to quit messing with our kids before they'll listen. Home schooling and the Charter schools are looking better everyday. 30+/- kids a class is ABSOLUTELY INSANE.

Since: Jun 10

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Aug 11, 2011
C-Ville Patriot wrote:
Wait one minute. I thought that money is all that was needed to make our schools competitive. Isn't that what they scream about every year? Apparently money is not solving the education crisis in this country. Public education is a mile wide and only an inch deep. Get rid of this "No Child Left Behind" crap and start teaching subject matter and not just how to take a test. Besides the NCLB Act was nothing more than political correctness because some kids just couldn't keep up.
I agree with everything that you said on this issue.

There are plenty of good teachers in the system. Charlottesville Schools have been great for my kids and step-kids. Education only happens though when families expect their students to do the work and to have a value for learning and the future that learning provides.

We do not measure our kid's performances by SOLs. The schools do often teach SOLs and little else. There are disappointing classes where teaching stops once the SOLs are over. Fortunately there are also classes and teachers who can teach to the higher benchmarks needed for success. If students want and expect that kind of teaching it is still available.

One result of having advanced classes is effectively segregation. It sounds ugly, but students in the advanced classes don't have to deal with disruptions from students who don't care to be there. It is sad that those advanced classes are filled with white and asian kids and few others, but that is how it is.

The SOL scores (scores: not percents)reflect the same thing: very high scores by asians, then caucasian somewhat lower than that, and dismally lower scores by everyone else.

Those who can only pass SOLs will be working (if they work at all) for those who want more out of life. It's not about who is smartest. It's about who does the work and who values the education.
NoWay

United States

#14 Aug 11, 2011
Time4Excuses wrote:
More money is needed to buy I-toys for every kid so they can focus on their game apps in school. Let's hire more tech people to support the I-toys and hire less teachers so the children master their gaming skills and update their facebook accounts!
What an idiot. Technology is a critical component of education and failing to provide this component is just as irresponsible as failing to have a roof on the building. What is obvious is that you don't know what you're talking about.
south of cville

Lyndhurst, VA

#15 Aug 11, 2011
NoWay wrote:
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What an idiot. Technology is a critical component of education and failing to provide this component is just as irresponsible as failing to have a roof on the building. What is obvious is that you don't know what you're talking about.
Technology is a very critical component of education, however when I was in high school 10 years ago we did just fine without iPods, iPads, laptops, tablets, etc for each student. Yes the technology may be be beneficial but I would not call it necessary by any means and think that money could be better applied elsewhere.
mom of 4

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Aug 11, 2011
So sad!It blows my mind when we go to the store and I give the clerk cash, sometimes with change it confuses them tremendously! What a shame: kids learn how to take tests but flunk basic knowledge. It's so sad that the majority of high schoolers I ask can't even point to Afghanistan or Iraq on the map! Really? Young lives are lost protecting this nation and our youth doesn't even know where they are fighting!
This nation needs to seriously give our children better tools to compete globally.
Hmmm

Martinsville, VA

#17 Aug 11, 2011
Yes, my children will be homeschooled. Absolutely no reason kids today should be allowed to 'graduate' only reading/writing at a 3rd grade level!
What's next in 10 years? Not being required to read at all? The precious snowflakes should have everything read to them, reading is just such a burden.

You laugh, but we're heading in that direction. Have you noticed kids 'write' as the same way they text?

"Da grapes of rath is a gud buk bout not much lolz."
Time4Excuses

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Aug 11, 2011
NoWay wrote:
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What an idiot. Technology is a critical component of education and failing to provide this component is just as irresponsible as failing to have a roof on the building. What is obvious is that you don't know what you're talking about.
Ok I am an idiot but you are a moron with an agenda because there is no proven fact that having every student with an I-toy will make them Einstein. You may not like the truth since you are a slanted moron but having students distracted by technology instead of learning from instruction is not the answer to poor academic perfomance. Can you show me where students collectively had incremental growth using technology? Did their social skills, communication, writing skills or overall acadmeic performance improve? If not, then you confirmed you are a moron and like the status more than results.

Putting "gifted" students in a room with I-toys and saying look how smart they are doesn't justify anything other than someones ego.

No one is saying technology should be banded from school just don't expect a pay back as money is squandered on I-toys and the support personnel rather than teachers and resources THEY want or need.
Hmmm

Martinsville, VA

#19 Aug 11, 2011
I grew up in the gifted program in the 90s and we had to write college-level papers on topics like Astrophysics in the 8th grade. We didn't have computers in our gifted classroom even. We had to give presentations Toastmasters style. School was hard, we were pushed, we didn't have SOLs or NCLB crap to deal with.
Vella

Scottsville, VA

#20 Aug 11, 2011
Hey folks, I am a retired teacher and I know from experience that you can bust your guts to help kids learn and be successful, but if they are dealing with hellish home situations and don't have support for learning during the hours they are away from school, it is a huge battle. Kids in these less-than-ideal situations often have a parent who desperately wants their child to rise above circumstances, but it is not so simple when the whole family is under extreme stress. Try to show compassion for the kids and their families and stop judging teachers. Answers are never so simple as we would wish.

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