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Diane Ravitch says, 'Waiting for "Superman,"' demonizing public education

from Education Week (commentary)

The movie, "Waiting for 'Superman,'" Diane Ravitch writes, was one-sided and very contemptuous of public education. Notably, the film portrayed not a single successful regular public school, and its heroic institutions were all charter schools. There are many inaccuracies in the movie. The one that sticks out the most is Davis Guggenheim's claim that 70 percent of 8th grade students read "below grade level." Guggenheim has a graphic where state after state is shown to have only a small proportion of students reading "on grade level" or "proficient." The numbers are based on data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. But Guggenheim is wrong. NAEP doesn't report grade levels. It reports achievement levels, and these do not correspond to grade levels. more

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