“I’m disappointed that House legislation passed today doesn’t fix the real problems with No Child Left Behind … and doesn’t give states the kind of flexibility and reform they’re asking for.”
"We're pleased to see some recent progress among all age groups in reading and among younger age groups in math. We're also pleased to see achievement gaps shrinking in reading, but we still have a lot more work to do. Our focus on raising standards, increasing academic rigor and improving teacher quality are all steps in the right direction."
"While flexibility is the watchword of NCLB those of us who must implement this important law have found that a lack of flexibility is causing us difficulty in ensuring we meet its promise."
U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan has come to a realization. States need flexibility to create the reforms sought for in education. That is quite a growth from federal government focus and control on raising standards and increasing academic rigor. He has come to understand that No Child Left Behind has actually lowered standards, narrowed curriculum, and doesn’t work. What could have caused such understanding?
11 Alive News July 21, 2011 – Elite Teach For America thrust into APS scandal
CNN July 20, 2011 – Seven Atlanta educators step down as cheating scandal unfolds
NJ.com July 20, 2011 – 34 N.J. schools to be investigated for possible cheating after state discovers test score irregularities
USA Today July 20, 2011 – N.J. schools probed for possible test cheating
Education Week July 20, 2011 – D.C. Update: Allegedly False Test Scores Used for Value-Added Calculations
New York Times July 17, 2011 – Cracking a System in Which Test Scores Were for Changing
New York Times July 16, 2011 – Atlanta Schools Created Culture of Cheating, Fear
USA Today July 14, 2011 – Ex-Atlanta superintendent at center of scandal to keep award
CNN July 14, 2011 – Flawed policy on testing drives schools to cheat
New York Times July 12, 2011 – Pa. Looking Into Possible Cheating on State Tests
New York Times July 12, 2011 - Schools Chiefs See a Path to Proposing Their Own Accountability Systems
FOX News July 10, 2011– Education Department ‘Concerned’ About Wave Cheating Probes Allegations
The Atlanta Journal Constitution July 10, 2011 – Cheating scandal adds fuel to debate over high-stakes tests
The Commercial Appeal July 5, 2011– Tennessee Eyes Waiver For No Child Left Behind
NPR: June 29, 2011– States Threaten To Defy No Child Left Behind
Baltimore Sun June 25, 2011 – Cheating scandals put tests in the spotlight
USA Today March 17, 2011 – When test scores seem too good to believe
Washington Post: March 9, 2011- Most schools could face 'failing' label under No Child Left Behind, Duncan says
NPR January 30, 2008- 'No Child' Law Picked Apart as Renewal Fight Looms
Houston Chronicle December 15, 2006 – State discounts TAKS cheating
Amarillo Globe News December 2004 – Dallas paper finds evidence of TAKS cheating
California Department of Education March 24, 2004 - More Than a Dozen Schools Chiefs Join California Superintendent O'Connell to Fight Changes to No Child Left Behind Act
Now if DOE Secretary Arne Duncan will only also see that Race To The Top is No Child Left Behind on steroids. Or will he continue to push for the direct federal centralization of public education?
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