UPDATE 8/27: Local Leaders Point to Law's Inflexibility for Schools' Failure To Meet 'No Child' Test Goals

Updated 8/27
Fairfax school students' high achievements when measured by other criteria point to flaws in the No Child Left Behind requirements, say local leaders who cite the act's lack of flexibility when assessing school districts with high proportions of non-English speaking students. The latest is here.

Updated 8/24
The Fairfax County Public school system for the first time has failed to meet achievement goals as set out in the No Child Left Behind Act and the blame is being laid at the feet of the acts requirements that non-English speaking students take the same tests as native English speakers. The news is on the front of today's Washington Post.

Updated 4/23
Though they have retreated from their position of non-compliance, some Northern Virginia school officials say they are hopeful that their challenges will lead to significant changes to how the law is written. Today's Metro section has the details.

Updated 4/19
Facing the potential loss of an estimated $17 million, Fairfax County Schools officials yesterday said that they would administer grade level tests to students with limited English skills. The story is in today's Metro section.

Updated 2/6
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted 8-1 yesterday to back the School Board's stance. Read about it here.

Updated 2/1
The U.S. Dept. of Education's response to the action by Fairfax County and other Virginia school jurisdictions is detailed in this article from today's Metro section.

Updated 1/26
The Fairfax County School Board last night made good on their promise to decline to force immigrant students to take tests board members said they were likely to fail. The article is here.

Updated 1/11
Tonight the Fairfax County School Board will consider a resolution to allow officials to refuse to administer tests to immigrant students that they believe most of the students would fail. The news article is here.

Originally posted 10/30
To meet requirements for the No Child Left Behind law, Virginia must discard some tests used to measure the reading progress of immigrants. Northern Virginia school officials warn that the ruling against the state tests could set the students up for failure if the students are forced to take the same tests as native English speakers. Read the article here.

By Focus on Fairfax |  August 27, 2007; 9:21 AM ET  | Category:  Schools
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