ERIC Number: EJ767341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-6
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State Tests Show Gains since NCLB; Report Cautions against Crediting Education Law
Hoff, David J.
Education Week, v26 n39 p1, 20 Jun 2007
Scores on state tests have increased consistently and significantly in the five years since the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) became law, and there's some evidence that gains that started in the 1990s accelerated after the law's enactment, a new report concludes. The authors of the report, which was set for release this week, are quick to say that the gains found in their comprehensive review of all 50 states' test results can't necessarily be attributed to the NCLB law. Most states had already undertaken efforts to raise academic performance before the law was enacted. Still, NCLB proponents are likely to use the data to bolster their argument that the law--a top domestic priority for President Bush that passed with wide, bipartisan support--has met its goal of increasing student achievement. Critics of the federal law said that state test scores are inaccurate measures of how much students know and what they can do. They say such test results are easily skewed by instructional practices that may yield higher scores without ensuring that students understand and retain the material, and point out that scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) paint a more mixed picture of students' knowledge.
Descriptors: Test Results, Teaching Methods, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, Scores, Evaluation Methods, National Competency Tests, Student Evaluation, Knowledge Level
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001