Note the alternatives to test scores, please. How does enrollment in advance classes indicate that one school is better than another? How does the percentage of kids gong off to college a good indicator (unless you follow that up also with graduation from college rates and even then...). Promotion rates? None of these, not one, indicates the success of the school. Indeed, the percentage of kids in AP classes, those going on to college, and promotion and graduation rates have been increasing. But that does not mean "reforms" have worked. As a matter of fact, this article would have readers believe that past reforms were pointless (look at how it excoriates NCLB testing). Also please note there is some teacher bashing going on here though it is subtle (see reference to teachers' fear of being evaluated based on test scores).
Where is the discussion of measurements other than tests? MIA. So much is MIA in this RttT-CCSS-NCLB waivers-educational reform movement.