Test results bring mixed reviews for NCLB

The New York Times reports on the release of results from the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress. Supporters and critics of the Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind law had both been eagerly awaiting these results as the first indication of how the law was affecting achievement. This last graded exam was the first opportunity to directly compare results of two successive national tests in the NCLB era. Results were mixed, and little progress was made in boosting the scores of minority students relative to their white counterparts. ED Secretary Margaret Spellings noted a one-year math improvement by fourth-graders, and she also said disappointing reading scores were likely influenced by the large number of immigrants being assimilated into U.S. schools. NCLB critics, however, saw these scores as evidence that the law is not achieving its goals. (Note: This site requires registration.)

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