No Child Left Behind Act Math and Reading Gains

Sean Cavanagh, Since NCLB Law: Test Scores on Rise, Education Week (2008), http://www.edweek.org (last visited November 18, 2008).

A new study found that student achievement in mathematics and reading has risen on state tests.  The study was conducted by the Center for Education Policy.  It found that a majority of states achieved “moderate to large” gains.  Expert opinions differ regarding the federal No Child Left Behind Act’s role in these improvements.  However, Ross Weiner of the Washington-based Education Trust, sums up the general sentiment:  “[i]mprovements have ‘been brought about by the standards and accountability movement.’”

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