Perhaps I've been a bit too hard on my colleagues/lackeys in my previous posts. Despite their efforts to derail this much anticipated foray into blogging, they did hit the nail on the head with their skewering of Demography Counts.
The idea that education can be examined in anything other than a vacuum is ludicrous. As if states can put in place policies outside of education that could spur job growth, or other economic improvements. What kind of hogwash is that? Isn't it obvious that the only thing that impacts a student's ability to achieve are rigorous standards?
Of course, this isn't the first time that this issue has been addressed. In addition to advancing the notion that something other than standards can advance student achievement, the hacks at Ed Week add insult to injury by only tracking 70 standards based policy indicators this year. The nerve of some people.