Volusia attacks federal schools act
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Education Writer

Last update: 11 August 2004

DELAND -- A wide-ranging federal law designed to reform education is in fact setting public schools up for failure, Volusia County School Board members charged Tuesday as they discussed plans to lobby Congress for changes.

The target of their complaints was the No Child Left Behind Act, signed into law by President Bush in early 2002. The law mandates testing of public school stu...
Overcrowding hinders Barrow schools’ ability to offer transf...
Gwinnet Daily Post
By Jaime Sarrio
[email protected]

WINDER — Barrow County Schools will not be able to offer transfers as required by the federal No Child Left Behind law because its middle schools are overcrowded.

Two years of poor test scores landed Apalachee High School and Russell Middle School on the state’s “needs improvement” list. Schools on the list must offer transfers to another school.

Apalachee High students will have the choice to...
Lilburn Middle first in Gwinnett to face state sanctions
Gwinnet Daily Post
By Jaime Sarrio
[email protected]

LILBURN — Lilburn Middle School will be the first school in Gwinnett to face stiff state sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind law.
So what sort of changes are administrators planning to make in the coming school year, which begins Monday?

Right now, they’re not sure.

Since Georgia’s “adequate yearly progress” results were released last week, school administrators and county...
District celebrates CSAP scores
Evergreen Canyon Courier
by Nancy Hull

With improvement in about 70 percent of the categories, Jefferson County School District officials are celebrating district student scores in a statewide testing program.

The Colorado State Department of Education on Monday released 2004 Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) scores for grades three through 10 in reading, writing, math and science.

The percentage of Jeffco students reaching advanced or proficient - the highest ranki...
School change deadline today
Montgomery Advertiser
By William F. West

Dorothy Lawson believes her 8-year-old granddaughter receives a good education from Dunbar-Ramer School in rural Montgomery County, despite it being on a list of underperforming schools.

"You can do good or you can do bad anywhere," Lawson said Wednesday evening. "And I feel like we're one of the best schools there is down here."

Parents or guardians of children who last year attended an underperforming county school have until ...
$500 billion spent on education
The Washington Times
By George Archibald
Published August 5, 2004

The Bush administration has issued a booklet declaring that U.S. taxpayers spent more than $500 billion for public schools in the 2003-04 school year, after months of attacks by Democrats and teachers unions who say that federal requirements for school improvement are underfunded.

State and local spending for kindergarten through 12th grade education more than doubled since 1990, while federal taxpayers' sha...
Quarter of schools might not show 'adequate progress'
WKRC-TV CBS 12 Cincinnati
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - About a quarter of Kentucky public schools may fail to fulfill the federal government's demand for "adequate yearly progress," the state Department of Education reported.

For schools that get federal funding, failure for two years in a row means consequences - at a minimum, allowing students to transfer to other schools at the district's expense and drawing up an improvement plan.

The department released early data on Tuesday to meet a federa...
'Needs improvement' list grows
Las Vegas Sun
Results show 122 schools statewide in category
By Emily Richmond


Mirroring results in Clark County, the number of Nevada schools labeled as "needing improvement" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act skyrocketed this year to 122 campuses, up from 26 in 2003.

There was a silver lining in the results released Monday by the Nevada Department of Education -- the number of schools on the state's "watch list" for ...
Scores improve at some schools, drop at others
Goldsboro News-Argus
Northeast Elementary School squeaked past three-year standout Northwest Elementary as the highest performing public school in Wayne County, according to the state's accountability program.

Charles B. Aycock High School joined Eastern Wayne High as a "school of distinction."

But unlike last year, when all 28 eligible schools met or exceeded the state's growth expectations for the first time, 15 of the schools failed to make "adequate yearly progress" under a federa...
Wayne County School Board to protest the No Child Left Behin...
Goldsboro News-Argus
Disturbed by some of the results that a federal law is producing in Wayne County public schools, the school board has decided to lodge a protest.

The concern is that the federal No Child Left Behind law is causing more schools to be labeled as not meeting the standards.

The law targets up to 10 subgroups in a school to measure what it calls "adequate yearly progress." These range from measuring the school as a whole, to such subgroups as white students, black stud...
Third-grade students' scores are
Daily Southtown
Bass educators say focus on standardized tests make 'real learning' a rarity

By Linda Lutton
Staff writer

March 29, 11:15 a.m., Room 307
Debra Valenti's fifth-graders are sitting in small groups, writing persuasive letters to 17th Ward Ald. Latasha Thomas about the condition of their Englewood neighborhood.

Writing a persuasive essay is one of hundreds of "assessment objectives" for fifth grade. According to the state, assessment objec...
State fixes schools’
Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Third-grade students' scores are
adjusted in the standardized test

By Nelson Daranciang
[email protected]

The state Department of Education adjusted the scores of third-grade students who took statewide achievement tests earlier this year because of errors in two questions.

The questions were from different sections and were each worth up to three points out of 70, said Selvin Chin-Chance, head of the department's Test Develo...
Bleckley, Wilkinson lead midstate in 'adequate yearly progre...
Macon Telegraph
By Wayne Crenshaw

Telegraph Staff Writer

COCHRAN - When some people think of the second grade, they may remember finger painting and play time. But in the era of No Child Left Behind and its emphasis on test scores, that's not the case in Wendy Meadows' class.

"We don't have time to finger paint," the Bleckley County teacher said. "I wish we could finger paint."

The "all work and no play" approach is apparently getting results.
Oceanway Middle School Near Capacity
First Coast News
By Roger Weeder

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Oceanway Middle School was expected to be popular but opening the new facility with 1,300 students was not expected. The school is attracting a high number of students transferring from failing schools and the State's "No Child Left Behind" program.

More than 300 students who normally would not attend Oceanway requested transfers to the school. That has Oceanway looking for seven more teachers. On the first day of classes on Monda...
St. Lucie kids go back to class
Stuart News
By Margot Susca staff writer
August 10, 2004

Across St. Lucie County, teachers and administrators kicked off the start of the 2004-2005 school year with small traditions, rolled-out new programs and curriculum changes and watched as two new alternative education facilities opened in Fort Pierce.

On most peoples' minds — whether they were waiting to get their child assigned to a school still on Monday or watching as almost 30 children packed elementary classr...
A debate not left behind
Star Tribune
Rob Hotakainen
Star Tribune Washington Bureau Correspondent
Published August 3, 2004

SARASOTA, FLA. -- Five years after getting a D on Florida's school report card, Alta Vista Elementary School recorded an A this year, and Principal Constance White-Davis is ready to celebrate. She's throwing a lobster party on Friday.

"We finally got there," White-Davis said. "When I look at the test data, I feel good."

But there's a downside, too...
Master teachers don't need a map to find their way in educat...
The Arizona Republic
Aug. 3, 2004 12:00 AM

I was a "master teacher."

For years, I helped students explore the world of King Arthur, Beowulf and El Cid. I helped them travel back to lands of mystic America, Olympus, and Valhalla. I introduced them to people such as Mark Twain, Alexander Dumas, William Shakespeare, and Victor Hugo. I let them learn lessons from Macbeth, Victor Frankenstein, and Javert.

I helped students understand the Constitution, the Magna Carta and their...
50 failing schools pass federal test
Delaware Online
Staff reporter

More than 50 schools that failed last year to make the adequate yearly progress required by No Child Left Behind have cleared the hurdle this year.

In all, 130 of the state's 173 schools made the necessary progress, compared with 76 last year, according to the ratings announced Monday by state Secretary of Education Valerie Woodruff.

Using student test scores as the measure, the federal scho...
Despite 'No Child' Law, Few Transfer Slots in D.C. Schools
Washington Post
By Sewell Chan and Valerie Strauss
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, August 3, 2004; Page A01

Students at nearly half of the District's public schools are entitled to switch schools under the federal No Child Left Behind law, according to test scores released yesterday, but D.C. officials said such transfers will be highly restricted because there are not enough open slots at higher-performing schools.

Sixty-eight of the 149 city schools that wer...
Responding to Childhood Obesity Through School Policy
Education Week
About the Guests:

Rep. Sean Faircloth, a Democrat in the Maine House of Representatives who has sponsored comprehensive legislation to help the state's schools address childhood obesity;
Sarah Lee, the physical activity health scientist in the division of adolescent & school health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and
Jane Mandell, a senior nutritionist in analysis, nutrition, and evaluation with the Food and Nutrition Services at the U.S. Departm...
PE classes critical to education
Honolulu Advertiser
By Donald B. Weisman
Hawai'i government affairs director of the American Heart Association

In a July 23 article headlined "Law costing state extra $30 million," state Board of Education Chairman Breene Harimoto's comment that the estimates of the cost of the No Child Left Behind federal law might be understated is perhaps itself an understatement.

Not only is the mandate resulting in increased implementation costs, but also it will cost taxpayers much more ...
Augusta Chronicle
Figuring out what tests your children are taking these days - and what they mean - can be as challenging as an algebra equation.
There's the redesigned SAT, which shouldn't be confused with the PSAT.

In Georgia, there's the CRCT, which is used much like the PACT in South Carolina.

And both states have the HSGT, the high school graduation test, which can determine who gets a diploma.

But how does all that relate to the NCLB law? Well, that's ano...
County taking transfers from needs-improvement schools
Gwinnet Daily Post
By Jaime Sarrio
Staff Writer
[email protected]

LAWRENCEVILLE — Several Gwinnett County schools this year will accept transfers from schools that need improvement, according to the state.
Federal No Child Left Behind laws require states to identify under-performing schools. After two years of lagging test scores, schools are placed on the state’s needs-improvement list and must offer transfers to another school in the district...
Student transfers offer mixed blessing
St. Petersburg Times
The school choice program allowing parents to move their children from one school to another often stretches a popular target school's capacity.
By BARBARA BEHRENDT, Times Staff Writer
Published July 30, 2004

fCRYSTAL RIVER - As summer vacation draws to a close, Rock Crusher Elementary School principal Nancy Simon is preparing to welcome her returning students - and 58 more who are coming from other schools.

With Rock Crusher already at capacity, Simon...