Avoiding NCLB

March 1, 2005

The Education Trust is not impressed with some Utah lawmakers and educators who want to avoid federal requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act(link via Eduwonk). Here’s the conclusion:

Let’s be clear: Under NCLB, Utah sets standards for what Utah students should know and be able to do in each grade. Utah designs its own tests. And Utah sets its own passing scores on those tests. What the federal government asks, however, is that Utah ensures that its schools are educating all children to the state standards. That includes children who come from low-income families and those from racial and ethnic minority groups and those who are still learning English.  These children have been overlooked for far too long. NCLB ensures that they are no longer invisible.

NCLB has its problems, but it certainly has brought some new perspective to the education debate.

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