April 05, 2019
I agree with Martha M. Walz and Juana B. Matias on one point: that “too many low-income and students of color have dramatically different educational outcomes than their white and higher-income peers” (“It takes more than dollars to fix a broken school system”). I disagree that “academic performance can be substantially improved without a massive infusion of funds.”
Much of the progress made since the Education Reform Act had everything to do with “a massive infusion of funds” to districts with students who are low-income, English-language learners, black, and Latinx. It had little to do with MCAS or punitive interventions.
MCAS scores are terrible measures of school success or failure. What they do best is measure a community’s wealth