No Child Left Behind not shortchanging bright kids, study finds
Or the most struggling kids either, says this morning’s report from the Center on Education Policy. CEP looked at test results in all 50 states between 2002 (the year No Child became law) and 2008, and found that more students are scoring at basic, proficient and advanced levels.
This is an important finding, because critics feared that No Child’s emphasis on proficiency would force states to practice educational triage and neglect the lowest- and highest-performing kids in an effort to get middle-of-the-road kids over the bar. It’s also important because the source, CEP, is an independent, left-of-center outfit that hasn’t pulled its punches when it comes to No Child’s flaws.
The CEP report also offers state-by-state findings. In Florida, it concludes after looking at FCAT data that students are making gains in math and reading at all levels, with one exception - the basic level in high school reading, where they’re registering a slight decline. The St. Petersburg Times noted some of those trends in a recent story about bright kids being bored.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter