New Report: Achievement since No Child Left Behind

Posted by on January 28, 2005

[posted from Public Education Network newsblast]


A new report from the Education Trust, “Stalled in Secondary: A Look at Achievement Since the No Child Left Behind Act”, finds that student achievement in reading and math lags in the middle- and high-school grades, and too many states are not making progress closing achievement gaps. The report is the Trust’s latest salvo in a major campaign to convince federal and state policymakers that they must “play a much larger role in helping secondary schools meet their obligations to educate all students to high levels.” Policy director Ross Wiener says the Education Trust understands that secondary schools “face long-standing and difficult challenges, but low achievement at the secondary level is not inevitable.” Middle and high schools are still “not doing some of the things we know could make a difference,” says Wiener. “We are stingy with those who need the most help, whether it’s the support we give to struggling teachers or their students. It is time to abandon the old model that assumed that many students would not learn to high levels.”

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