Monday, April 19, 2010

Testing Week

Mexico has its annual Enlace test, which measures grade school progress, this week, which occasioned a critical piece on the front of Excélsior this morning. The gist was that over the course of four years and a little more than $30 million, and Mexico's kids haven't improved their scores. More specifically, the SEP doesn't publish scores until the following year (which limits the time for possible corrections), nor does it link poor scores to changes in the classroom.

Also, Calderón gave an Enlace pep talk in Mexico City, at the beginning of which he asked the kids present if they were ready for the exam, and they yelled back, "Noooooo!" He responded, "Pues ni modo", or something like, "Well, too bad", although more resigned and less obnoxious.

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