Excellence and Equity Can Go Hand in Hand
|Above copied from EdWeek|
Massachusetts in the only state in the United States that scored a grade of B+. New Jersey gets a B and Virginia gets a B-. These are the only states that are blue, blue-green or green on the map. In fact, almost every state is either orange (C) or gray (D). Massachusetts receives an A based on the current performance of its students and an A- in equity. Its only low mark is in improvement, a C+. Obviously, one cannot really improve so much from something that is already high in performance.
Applying what kind of tracking Loveless was talking about on Philippine basic education, one must note that he was not supporting the tracking that is now present in the Philippines' K to 12 curriculum. Loveless wrote, "In the middle of the twentieth century, traditional tracking systems were rigid and deterministic. Students and families had little input regarding classroom placements. Based predominantly on IQ scores, schools assigned youngsters to tracks —academic, general, or vocational—that cut across all subject areas, ignored students’ individual strengths and weaknesses in particular subjects, made unjustifiable assumptions about children’s destinations in life, and systematically discriminated against pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds". Instead, Loveless was only referring to students being offered advanced courses in subjects like math and language arts. In any case, it is clear that the warning against detracking is not really warranted as evidence shows, Massachusetts is doing very well. Who knew? "Education for All" can mean "Excellent Education for All".