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Business-Managed Democracy

“Business-managed democracies are those in which the political and cultural arrangements are managed in the interests of business”

Sharon Beder

Business-Managed Education

Consequences of the Tests

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Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, points out that in the US the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been monitoring student performance since the 1970s:

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The overall scores for that whole period have been stagnant. There was improvement for blacks and Hispanics early on, but it leveled off. Scores for 9- and 13-year-olds have risen over that period, in both reading and mathematics, but the rate of improvement before NCLB [No Child Left Behind legislation] was passed was greater than the rate of improvement afterwards, except for Hispanic 13-year-olds.
Test-based accountability has been tried and it has failed. Indeed, the data I just shared strongly suggest that test-based accountability has resulted in a lower rate of improvement for minority and low-income students than they would have experienced if test-based accountability had never become the law of the land.

Source: 'Parents take stand against standardized tests', WIVBTV, 21 May 2013.

"Save Our Schools" rally in Washington, D.C., on 30 July 2011

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