The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is having a significant impact on the day-to-day activities of school systems, prompting districts to align instruction with state standards and use test data to adjust teaching, according to a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Education Policy (CEP), which tracks implementation of the law. However, 71 percent of districts surveyed reported having reduced instructional time in at least one other subject to make more time for reading and mathematics, the topics tested for NCLB purposes. Though the vast majority of state and...

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