New Report: Year 4 of the No Child Left Behind Act
[posted from Public Education Network newsblast]
SCHOOL LEADERS REPORT ACHIEVEMENT GAINS BUT A NARROWER CURRICULUM FOCUS
The Center of Education Policy has released its fourth annual report on the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act. “From the Capital to the Classroom: Year 4 of the No Child Left Behind Act,” is a comprehensive analysis of how the law is being implemented by the federal government, states, and school districts. Based on survey information from 50 states and 299 school districts, as well as 38 case studies of school districts, the report provides the most up-to-date information about the law’s implementation and shares the opportunities and challenges that it has presented for states and districts. As reported in the New York Times article above, school districts report a narrowing of the curriculum. However, other meaningful findings include: (1) 37 states said that the adequacy of state funds to carry out NCLB duties was a serious or moderate challenge; and (2) For the first time since the survey began the report finds no significant difference in the percentage of high-minority enrollment districts and lower-minority enrollment districts reporting that all their teachers are highly qualified.
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