It might not make much of a difference to Congressman Miller’s political calculations, but today’s slew of editorial responses to the discussion draft skew against him:
Our view on education: Five ways to improve NCLB USA Today
The appropriate response, however, isn’t to scrap the whole act or to water down its emphasis on reading and math.
Really Leaving No Child Behind NYT
Mr. Miller’s draft contains some important reforms that deserve to become law, but much of that good will be undermined if states, schools and teachers are not held accountable for the quality of education they provide.
English learners left behind LA Times
Congress didn’t get it all right with NCLB -- but it didn’t get it all wrong either. Some simple improvements can make a good law better and more fair for all our students. Via EdNews.org.
In the meantime, this article from the New York Sun reminds us what states are really like, and are likely to do more of under a more open NCLB school rating system:
State Guts Its Test of Reading
The difficulty of a reading test used to judge students across New York State dropped by as many as six grade levels between 2004 and 2005, according to an internal study by the New York City teachers union obtained by The New York Sun.
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