Taking the Measure of NCLB

Here’s an interesting quote for my teacher and parent friends from an article that was published last week in the on-line version of USNews and World Report…

“According to a new Gallup Poll, 58 percent of Americans believe the five-year-old No Child Left Behind law has either harmed or had no effect on schools, compared with just over a quarter who believe it has helped. And while most people approve of NCLB’s goal of raising standardized test scores, few seem to support its methods. ‘Systematically, the public rejects every strategy in it,’ said Lowell Rose, director of the poll, which is jointly authored by Gallup and the Phi Delta Kappa teachers’ association.”

Click here to read the whole article, which goes on to say that nearly 70 percent of poll respondents believe that no “single test” could “provide a fair picture of whether a school needs improvement.”  But then, I don’t suppose our present admini- strations at state and national levels care too much about what the public thinks.

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