Re: Is "Grade Level" A Load of Hooey?
Yes, a load of hooey. Forget grade level - why do most schools even have
grades (in either of the two senses of the word)?
Have you read John Taylor Gatto's Dumbing Us Down?
Albany Free School doesn't have grades (of either kind), and they seem to do
well with kids of various backgrounds (in the long run, which is what
Elsa (unschooling mom to an almost-ten-year-old who didn't read until he was
eight and who now reads 500-page novels of his own free will)
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Subject: [arn-l] Is "Grade Level" A Load of Hooey?
At the heart of the "achievement gap" is the contention that lots of
low-income minority kids are "not at grade level" and are often said
to be several "grade levels" behind.
But what do we mean by "grade level"? Grade level is the score of the
average child in a particular grade on a norm-based test. But, by
definition, 50% of all children are always below grade level. [...]
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