The Craig Fahle Show

How School Districts Like Detroit Are Disadvantaged in Testing

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The companies that create standardized tests also write the text books that house the answers to the tests, and that puts poorer schools districts at a distinct disadvantage. That's according to an article in this month's The Atlantic, by Temple University assistant professor Meredith Broussard.

Broussard writes: "This is a story about what happened when I tried to use big data to help repair my local public schools. I failed. And the reasons why I failed have everything to do with why the American system of standardized testing will never succeed."

Broussard says her work focused on her own school district in Philadelphia. But she says the challenges are similar for large, inner-city districts throughout the nation, including in Detroit.