Sunday, January 8, 2012

Secretary Duncan: After 10 Years, It’s Time for a New NCLB


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NCLB Turns 10: Perspectives on the No Child Left Behind Act
Education Week
Ten years after President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law on Jan. 8, 2002, NCLB is now overdue for reauthorization in Congress. Bipartisan in its origins but controversial in its execution, NCLB, which is the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, expanded the federal role in education and targeted improving the achievement of disadvantaged students.
To reflect on the law's anniversary, the Education Week Commentary editors asked a range of K-12 education leaders, politicians, teachers, and child advocates for their thoughts. This package also includes links to Education Week's coverage over the decade, readers’ comments, and a glossary of selected NCLB terms.

Secretary Duncan: After 10 Years, It’s Time for a New NCLB

Official Blog of the US Department of Education Posted on  by Arne Duncan
The following op-ed appeared in the January 8, 2012 edition of the Washington Post.
Ten years ago today, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act. The law has improved American education in some ways, but it also still has flaws that need to be fixed.

House GOP NCLB Proposal Would Scale Back Federal Role

 Alyson Klein  
House Republicans released a pair of bills today that would go the furthest of any proposal yet in dismantling the federal accountability at the heart of the decade-old No Child Left Behind Act.
The proposals would squelch the federal role in intervening in schools that miss achievement targets, require teacher evaluations, and give districts significant new funding flexibility.

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 01/07/2012

Romney, Santorum, Paul on education issues

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
One of the winners in the top tier of the Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa doesn’t believe public schools should provide early childhood education, describing it as just an attempt by the government “to indoctrinate” children.

Students of Online Schools Are Lagging

New York Times By JENNY ANDERSON Published: January 6, 2012
The number of students in virtual schools run by educational management organizations rose sharply last year, according to a new report being published Friday, and far fewer of them are proving proficient on standardized tests compared with their peers in other privately managed charter schools and in traditional public schools.

Virtual charters lag other public schools' performance, report says

Jan. 6, 2012 By Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press Education Writer
Virtual charter schools are one of the fastest-growing segments of the charter school industry, but a report released today raises questions about how well they educate students.
The report by the National Education Policy Center says 27% of for-profit companies operating virtual schools met the adequate yearly progress standards of the federal No Child Left Behind law. That compares with 48% of traditional brick-and-mortar charter schools and about half of all public schools nationwide. Charter schools are considered public schools.

WHAT WORKS: Startlingly sensible achievement gap fix

Washington Post By Jay Mathews, Published: January 4

You cannot understand modern education policy without a grasp of the achievement gap. On average, low-income students have lower academic achievement than affluent students. Black or Hispanic students similarly score lower on standardized tests, on average, than white or Asian students.
School leaders say they want to reduce those gaps but are uncertain about how to do it. They should read a new book by Arlington County educators who mounted one of the most sustained assaults on the achievement gap ever seen in this area.

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