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ERIC Number: EJ759578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-26
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
NAEP Gains Are Elusive in Key Areas: Friends and Foes Question NCLB Law's Effectiveness
Olson, Lynn
Education Week, v25 n9 p1, 22-23 Oct 2005
The Bush administration said that newly released 2005 results from "the nation's report card" confirm that the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is on track. But many in the education community questioned that conclusion, given that reading achievement remained relatively flat and that progress in math has slowed over the past two years. The congressionally mandated National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests, given periodically to a representative sample of students nationally and in each of the 50 states, provide what experts consider the most reliable national picture of student achievement in core subjects such as reading and mathematics. The 2005 results are based on a much larger sample of 660,000 students nationwide and allow a more direct comparison of changes from 2003 to 2005, a period since the law was enacted. But while the data show a similar upward trend since 2000 in both math and reading in grade 4 and in math in grade 8, they also show that progress has slowed in the past two years, when the NCLB law might have been starting to have an impact.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001