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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Numerous Children Lagging Behind

Looks like No Child Left Behind is lagging:

The National Assessment of Educational Progress functions as the "nation's report card," with testing of public school fourth- and eighth-grade students every two years. The latest results are the first assessment since implementation of No Child Left Behind, and they're not necessarily good. Reading and math scores improved slightly, but certainly not enough to justify the expense of NCLB—only 35 percent of students nationwide tested "proficient" or "advanced" in math and 30 percent in reading. The White House, meanwhile, spun the results as "encouraging" and "positive."

Hat tip to the Federalist.



Blogger Always On Watch said...

NCLB looked good, in theory. But the reality is that federal intervention into education, the domain of individual states, has never been very successful.

Furthermore, what some people just don't understand is that throwing money at educational problems is not the solution. Dedicated teachers (Higher salaries won't buy dedication), realistic training of teachers, and a solid curriculum (Whatever happened to basal readers?) are key, as is parent involvement. In addition, our public-school systems are overwhelmed by the influx of ESL students.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If those results are encouraging I'd hate to see discouraging...
Politicians - those guys spin so fast it's a wonder they don't whip up a tornado.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Aussiegirl said...

"No child left behind" is more like -- "No dollar left unspent in another pointless feel-good government boondoggle."

And that's all we heard on the domestic policy front for years and years -- No child left behind, no child left behind, no child left behind, yadyadayadayada...

11:47 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

LOL. You're right!

4:57 PM  

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