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The Answer Sheet Archive: No Child Left Behind

Defending Arne Duncan, sort of

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is getting bashed by critics and even supporters for telling Congress that 82 percent of public schools could be at risk of failing to meet education goals this year, up from 37 percent last year.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 10, 2011; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Accountability, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top  | Tags:  education secretary arne duncan; arne duncan; nclb; no child left behind; 82 percent; ayp; adequate yearly progress; 82 percent and ayp;  
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Poll on NCLB: Americans want overhaul (but does Congress?)

A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows that a strong majority of Americans support a major overhaul of No Child Left Behind or total elimination of the law. The question is what Congress will do.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 9, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Monty Neill, No Child Left Behind  | Tags:  arne duncan, esea, low-performing schools, nclb, nclb overhaul, nclb poll, nclb sanctions, no child left behind, no child left behind reauthorization, poll on no child left behind, school reform  
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Obama’s faulty education logic: What he said and failed to say

Someone should have told President Obama that there were important contradictions in the education portion of his State of the Union address before he delivered it to Congress.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 25, 2011; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  No Child Left Behind, Poverty, Race to the Top  | Tags:  education reform, no child left behind, obama, obama education initiative, obama education reform, obama race to the top, obama speech, obama state of the union, president obama, public school reform, public schools, race to the top, state of the union, state of the union speech  
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The case against NCLB reauthorization

Here's an argument by someone other than Margaret Spellings against reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 19, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, No Child Left Behind  | Tags:  edujobs, elementary and secondary education act, nclb, nclb reauthorization, no child left behind, obama and school reform, president obama, race to the top, reauthorization esea, school reforms  
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NCLB's 9th anniversary: 'Will there be anything we will need to remember after the test?'

Nine years ago this week president Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act. Take a look at what it wrought.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 6, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, No Child Left Behind, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  congress and nclb, esea, esea reauthorization, national education association, nclb, nclb reauthorization, no child left behind, standardized testing, teachers unions  
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A principal on standardized vs. teacher-written tests

Educator George Wood urges Congress not to rely on standardized tests to measure achievement. If you don't think that "data-driven decision-making" is really test-driven decision making, consider this: Ohio’s school report cards consist of 26 “data” points, and 24 of them—92%--are test scores.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 6, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Congress, George Wood, Guest Bloggers, No Child Left Behind, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  arne duncan, disaggregated data, education secretary duncan, elementary and secondary school act, esea, esea reauthoraization, george word, nclb, new congress, new york performance assessment consortium, no child left behind, reauthorization of no child left behind, standardized tests  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Hysteria over PISA misses the point, Valerie Strauss , December 7, 2010
Michelle Rhee, celebrity, goes national, Valerie Strauss , December 6, 2010
Margaret Spellings: The last NCLB defender?, Valerie Strauss , November 4, 2010
How to evaluate students: Look at their work, Valerie Strauss , October 28, 2010
Saving public education: the 'Dolly Solution', Valerie Strauss , October 24, 2010
Kohn: The pretend reformers, Valerie Strauss , October 22, 2010
Threats to school reform ... are within school reform, Valerie Strauss , October 20, 2010
Using 'School Quality Reviews' to improve schools, Valerie Strauss , October 8, 2010
Why won't Congress admit NCLB failed?, Valerie Strauss , October 1, 2010
What ‘Superman’ got wrong, point by point, Valerie Strauss , September 27, 2010
Ravitch: Why civil rights groups oppose the Obama agenda, Valerie Strauss , September 19, 2010
Ravitch: Welcome back to school "reform", Valerie Strauss , September 8, 2010
Dogs: An unusual guide to school reform, Valerie Strauss , August 12, 2010
Ravitch on teachers and her critics, Valerie Strauss , July 8, 2010
A tradeoff worth making for schools, Valerie Strauss , July 7, 2010
Postcards to Mrs. Obama: End high-stakes testing, Valerie Strauss , May 27, 2010
Ravitch's 10 reasons to 'no' to Race to the Top, Valerie Strauss , May 26, 2010
Rand Paul’s views on education and reform, Valerie Strauss , May 19, 2010
Ravitch on Obama's scary ed reform agenda, Valerie Strauss , May 19, 2010
How Obama should set literacy goals, Valerie Strauss , May 6, 2010
Deborah Meier's education advice to Obama, Valerie Strauss , May 4, 2010
Are ed reformers ignoring American values?, Valerie Strauss , April 30, 2010
How to measure student growth, Valerie Strauss , April 28, 2010
Obama’s ed reform ignores high-quality Pre-K, Valerie Strauss , April 4, 2010
Florida school reform: Worse than you thought , Valerie Strauss , April 2, 2010
Why Obama's education reform plan can't work, Valerie Strauss , April 2, 2010
Where in the world is...?, Valerie Strauss , April 1, 2010
Teachers fighting back in Florida , Valerie Strauss , March 31, 2010
Closing the school-to-prison pipeline, Valerie Strauss , March 31, 2010
Willingham: Feds should leave ed policy to states, Valerie Strauss , March 29, 2010
Less Testing, More Learning , Valerie Strauss , March 28, 2010
Duncan silent on Florida’s education mess, Valerie Strauss , March 26, 2010
Diane Ravitch didn’t make a U-turn--Senechal, Valerie Strauss , March 25, 2010
Florida Senate approves disastrous teachers bill, Valerie Strauss , March 24, 2010
NAEP reading scores: Bad news was sadly predictable, Valerie Strauss , March 24, 2010
Ravitch's NCLB book an unexpected best seller, Valerie Strauss , March 23, 2010
Willingham on Obama's vision for education, Valerie Strauss , March 22, 2010
School restructuring and AYP, Valerie Strauss , March 18, 2010
Teacher who hung Obama in effigy should go, Valerie Strauss , March 18, 2010
A principal critiques Obama’s education plan, Valerie Strauss , March 18, 2010
Jay Mathews (and Obama) vs. me on tests, Valerie Strauss , March 16, 2010
Former Bush official backs student loan reform , Valerie Strauss , March 15, 2010
Obama and NCLB: The good--and very bad--news , Valerie Strauss , March 13, 2010
Obama’s contradictions on education , Valerie Strauss , March 13, 2010
Why Obama should invest in teachers, Valerie Strauss , March 12, 2010
Falling into a ditch, Valerie Strauss , February 26, 2010
Why you should read Diane Ravitch's new book, Valerie Strauss , February 26, 2010
The hype of 'value-added' in teacher evaluation, Valerie Strauss , February 25, 2010
The six standards of school quality, Valerie Strauss , February 19, 2010
Why not link teacher pay to test scores?, Valerie Strauss , February 17, 2010
Should we eliminate senior year?, Valerie Strauss , February 17, 2010
How to fix a bad education law, Valerie Strauss , February 11, 2010
Recess and academic achievement , Valerie Strauss , February 4, 2010
'Why Boys Fail’ in school, Valerie Strauss , February 3, 2010
Willingham: 'Race to Top' a doomed bribery scheme, Valerie Strauss , February 1, 2010
Mr. Obama: Say this on education , Valerie Strauss , January 26, 2010
A question for President Obama, Valerie Strauss , January 19, 2010
More to education than data, Valerie Strauss , January 18, 2010
Top 10 education issues for 2010, Valerie Strauss , January 8, 2010
Why Duncan's record in Chicago is a problem, Valerie Strauss , December 29, 2009
Brady: The education reform train is off track , Valerie Strauss , December 23, 2009
The decade's 10 big education ideas, Valerie Strauss , December 18, 2009
An education job you may want, Valerie Strauss , December 8, 2009
Brady on Education Reform: Ignoring the Obvious , Valerie Strauss , December 3, 2009
Tutors for 3-year-olds and more preschool nuttiness, Valerie Strauss , November 2, 2009
Who is responsible for kids after school?, Valerie Strauss , October 27, 2009
Educator: 'Race to the Top's' 10 false assumptions, Valerie Strauss , October 23, 2009
Why So Many People are So Angry At Arne Duncan, Valerie Strauss , September 24, 2009
TRANSCRIPT: Ed Sec Duncan's Speech on NCLB, Valerie Strauss , September 23, 2009
 
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