NCLB in Congress

Anticipating that Congress will amend and extend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which was most recently amended by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110), the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report on NCLB reauthorization issues that it believes Congress will focus on:A Jan. 15 editorial in the Honolulu Advertiser noted, "Last year, 66 percent of public schools in Hawaii failed to meet the AYP requirements under No Child Left Behind...(but) it did show an overall improvement in student proficiency in both math and English." The editorial urges the federal government to allow states to use such student progress as an assessment measure rather than a rigid pass or fail benchmark.
It's unfair to deny students the chance to be measured against this more-forgiving scale. During the next few months, Congress will decide whether to reauthorize the law, or make improvments to it. Considering the stakes--our children's education--making improvements is not an option. It's an obligation.

The No Child Left Behind Act: An Overview of Reauthorization Issues for the 110th Congress, CRS Report RL33749 (pdf, 33pp/196kB, from Open CRS), December 16, 2006

See related FR post: NCLB - Measuring progress

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