Saturday, June 17, 2006

New Evidence of Failure of Bush Education Policy

In April I reported about how Bush's "No Child Left Behind" program which formally requires schools to improve test scores have led to increased test score deception.

Now a new Harvard study confirms this and also shows that there is no evidence of improved skills among American students, "despite" the vast amount of money spent and the increased federal control over American schools. The study notes that states are allowed to choose what tests to use in order to determine whether student results are improving and according to the tests which each states have chosen, results have improved.

Yet according to the independent test administerd by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), results are not improving, suggesting that the tests used by the states in order to escape penalties are manipulated.

Nor have the other stated goal of Bush's education plan, reducing the racial gap in achievement, been reached.


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