ERIC Number: EJ725356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-1
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An Ammunition Dump?
Lewis, Anne C.
Phi Delta Kappan, v87 n4 p260 Dec 2005
When educators open their "Fibber McGee's closets" of past reforms, a pile of silver bullets will spill out onto the floor. For at least the past 20 years, the sense of public confidence in public education has been fed by an arsenal of such quick, often creative, but largely unsubstantiated remedies for turning schools and kids around. And the pile became much larger this fall. The highest-caliber bullet of all--the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act--landed on top of the pile. But it was not the only presumed salvation of the public schools to lose some of its luster recently. Collecting data about these failed silver bullets can often tell educators more than they have known before. The first National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) report on reading and math scores that fairly reflects changes under NCLB showed essentially that, so far, this silver bullet is pretty much of a dud. Reading scores were flat, and math scores were up only a bit. Despite statements by the Bush Administration that sought to put a happy face on the findings, the NAEP data showed that progress had been better before NCLB became law than it has been since it was enacted.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Public Education, Federal Legislation, Scores, Mathematics Tests, Reading Tests, Educational Improvement, Teacher Effectiveness
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001