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Summary of the New Elementary and Secondary Education Act

The key testing and accountability provisions of the new, 1000-plus page Elementary and Secondary Education Act ("No Child Left Behind Act") are in Title I, the part of the Act historically intended to improve education for "disadvantaged" children.

ESEA Draft Rules

Update: Department of Education regulations on testing have been published. They are at http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/2002-3/070502a.html

MCAS Gains are Unreliable Basis for "High Performing" School Awards; Annual Score Increases Often are Not Sustained

for further information:
Karen Hartke or Dr. Monty Neill
(857) 350-8207

 

 

for immediate release, Thursday, May 31, 2001
MCAS GAINS ARE UNRELIABLE BASIS FOR “HIGH PERFORMING” SCHOOL AWARDS;
ANNUAL SCORE INCREASES OFTEN ARE NOT SUSTAINED;
FAIRTEST ANALYSIS SHOWS YEAR-TO-YEAR CHANGES MAY RESULT FROM
“LUCK OF THE DRAW,” SMALL STUDENT POOLS, “LOSS” OF LOW-SCORERS

Testing Industry Not Competent to Handle Bush Exam Expansion Plan

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill (857) 350-8207
Bob Schaeffer (941) 395-6773

for immediate release, Sunday, May 20, 2001

How "Improvement" Works in ESEA

Summary:

Both houses of Congress have included requirements in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which includes Title I remedial education, to test all students annually in grades 3-8 in reading and math, even though only 15 states now have all that testing.

Reality-Testing NCLB

Proponents of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law have charged critics with creating "myths" about the law and have issued their own "facts." It's time to look at the evidence for a reality check on NCLB's claims of success.[1]

THE CLAIM: Proponents say higher test scores prove NCLB is working.

What's Wrong with No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and What You Can Do to Change It

The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): FairTest materials on requirements, opportunities and problems

The articles on this page analyze the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as the current version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Because ESSA requires the same testing as NCLB did and many states still use NCLB punitive accountability programs though they do not have to, this page retains material on NCLB that is relevant to ESSA.

Civil Rights, Disability Orgs. Call for "Multiple Measures" in "No Child" Overhaul Legislation

for further information:
Dr. Hilda Crespo (ASPIRA) - 202-835-3600, Ext. 114
Dr. LaRuth Gray (NABSE) - 212-998-5137 or 212-998-5105
Dr. Deborah Ziegler (CEC) - 703-264-9406
Dr. Monty Neill (FairTest) - (857) 350-8207

Test Reformers React to New National Poll on "No Child Left Behind" (PDF)

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