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on 02.09.12 Anonymous commented

Dr. Ralph Kerr could not be more wrong with some of his numbers in the following areas: test results, classroom size, teacher's salary.
1) The testing system has expectations that even well educated adults have a difficult time acheiving the "perfect" scores that NY state is expecting. Has Dr. Kerr ever looked at a test? And how they are graded? Or what about the 2009-2010 school year when New York State teachers did meet test score expectations only to have New York State Ed. department change the cut-off scores? The classroom size mentioned here is misleading. If you walk into a public school, you will see classrooms of 20-30 studeents. When you average in the special education classrooms of only 4-8 students, then you might come up with this "average".
2)Teacher's are required in New York State to have a Master's degree. Some of the occupations mentioned, such as nursing and accounting, only have to hold an associates degree or bachelor's degree to earn a similiar salary. The problem in our public schools is that teachers are responsible for teaching without students or parents being accountable. Not all learning is done in school.