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Education bill falls short

USA Today 12/11/2001

 

By Monty Neill

Despite the high-sounding political slogan used to promote the scheme, the test-driven education package Congress is about to pass will leave many children behind. Requiring states to test every child in grades three to eight every year in reading and math — and use the results to penalize schools that don't boost scores sufficiently — will not ensure high standards or real accountability.

New York Times: Back to School

Vermont Governor Opposed to Education Plan

APRIL 18, 16:02 ET

By GREG TOPPO
AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rebelling against new school-testing demands, Vermont's governor says he wants his state to consider rejecting $26 million in federal education money to escape the requirements attached to it.

Wisconsin calls not to expand testing for ESEA

To: People Concerned With Excessive Testing in Wisconsin
From: Bob Peterson, Coalition for Responsible Assessment
Date: May 9, 2002
RE: Important hearings on ESEA implementation and TESTING in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is going to release its
draft "Consolidated State Plan" required under the Federal Elementary and
Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and is holding public hearings on May 14

Time Magazine: Getting Testy over Tests

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/notebook/0,9485,1101020610,00.html
from Time magazine, June 7, 2002

Editorial: Don't teach to the test

New federal mandates ignore music, art, social studies and critical-thinking skills.
By Register Editorial Board
http://www.dmregister.com/opinion/stories/c2125555/20618299.html

03/03/2003
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It's all about the test now.

No Teacher Will Be Left Standing

Deseret News (Salt Lake City) -- October 28, 2003
by Doug Robinson

Today's column: Trying to understand the federal government's No Child
Left Behind law.

Or, as educators fondly call it, No Child Left Untested. Or, No Teacher
Left Standing. Or, No Child Left. Or, No Child's Behind Left.

I hope you picked up the sarcasm. If there's one thing that makes a
teacher madder than a kid with a spitball, it's this Alice-in-Wonderland
legislation.

Bush Test Expansion Scheme Will Leave More Children Behind, Dumb Down Educational Quality

For further information: Dr. Monty Neill (857) 350-8207 or Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

For immediate release Friday, September 3, 2004

Education Week: At 4, NCLB Gets Praise and Fresh Call to Amend It

Education Week, January 18, 2006

By Andrew Trotter and Michelle R. Davis
Washington

A coalition of school, civil rights, and child-advocacy groups handed a list of 14 recommendations for changing the federal No Child Left Behind Act to congressional staff members at the U.S. Capitol last week, just a day after President Bush vigorously defended the law on its fourth anniversary.

ACT "Smokescreen" Focuses on Small Annual Score Changes but Hides Strong Link Between Test Results and Family Income

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
Cell (239) 699-0468 for use with annual ACT score release -- 12:01am Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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