Timely Material — “Accountability, Rigor, and Detracking: Achievement Effects of Embracing a Challenging Curriculum As a Universal Good for All Students”

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An article and video from the Teachers College Record on Detracking seem timely with the MMSD Board vote on a very slightly revised Talented and Gifted Education plan scheduled for Monday August 17 (public comment at 6:00 PM).

The interview is with Professor Kevin G. Welner who had a great essay “Obama’s Dalliance with Truthiness” in TCR earlier this month.

Needless to say, the reforms that Welner describes are very different than what MMSD is poised to enact.  Madison is moving toward increased ability grouping.  I do not believe the  unrepresentative Advisory Committee ever considered Detracking.  They certainly did not place that option before the Board or community.

I hope to have more on the TAG plan posted before Monday, but travel plans may make that impossible.  Meanwhile more of my concerns are expressed in this post.

Thomas J. Mertz

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