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PTA Members Are Split on NCLB’s Effectiveness

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About one in three PTA members responding to an online poll believes the No Child Left Behind Act is having a positive effect on students’ academic performance, results released last week show.

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The National PTA posted the survey results online in its Feb. 17 press release.

More than half of respondents, however, said the law was having either no effect or a negative effect on their local schools, according to results issued by the Chicago-based National PTA.

Of more than 3,600 PTA members surveyed, 36 percent described the law’s effect as positive; 27 percent said it was having a negative effect; and another 27 percent said it was having no effect. About half said the law’s reliance on standardized testing had had “some negative effect” in untested areas of the curriculum, such as the arts and physical education.

The unscientific survey was conducted online between Nov. 4 and Dec. 6.

Vol. 24, Issue 24, Page 30

Published in Print: February 23, 2005, as PTA Members Are Split on NCLB’s Effectiveness

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