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...
State releases list of schools that failed standards
The Morning Sun
TOPEKA (AP) - Six school districts and 15 schools in Kansas failed to meet state goals for academic progress in the past school year, meaning officials must give parents the option of transferring their children to another school before classes start later this month.

The list of schools, presented Tuesday to the State Board of Education, is smaller than in the previous year, when seven districts and 30 schools missed the mark. Six of those seven districts improved enough to come ...
One more reason 'Left Behind' fails
Daily Southtown
Tuesday, August 10, 2004

"No Child Left Behind" is a fine campaign slogan, but the federal law bearing that name continues to be more talk than substance.

We heard more of the talk last week from the man who is responsible for implementing the law, Eugene Hickok, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Hickok was visiting Northwestern University for a conference last week. He told Daily Southtown staff writer Linda Lutton that if he wer...
About 1,100 students request transfer
News 14 Charlotte
8/4/2004 5:13 PM
By: News 14 Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg school leaders say more than 1,100 students have requested transfers because their school failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress two years in a row.

About 8,000 students from 16 schools were offered the opportunity to transfer, thanks to the No Child Left Behind Act. The federal legislation gives students the option to transfer if their school does not meet its state’s standards ...
2 kinds of school ratings out today
The Charlotte Observer
N.C. report covers ABC and federal No Child Left Behind

Staff Writer

Break out the antacids and prepare to digest another round of N.C. public school ratings.

The state's report on its ABC and federal No Child Left Behind ratings -- both based on state tests -- is being released today. Rest assured it will be complicated and contradictory.

But it will include valuable information for those willing to work for it. (...
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...
Schools await results of progress reports
The Register-Guard
By Anne Williams
The Register-Guard

The state Department of Education is scrambling this week to finish crunching new student test score data for its second annual draft report on school performance under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The massive document, scheduled for public release next week, will include report cards for every school and district in the state, showing whether they made "adequate yearly progress" under the stringent standards of...
Officials tweak school's military recruitment policy
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -- The high school board has changed slightly the school's policy on giving military recruiters access to information about students.

The board voted 8-1 Monday to send a reminder to students that they can opt out of a federal program that gives the military access to names, phone numbers and addresses for recruitment. The reminder will be sent to students and parents and published twice a year in the school's parent newsletter.

The school c...
Many city schools fail federal program
Lynchburg News & Advance
Amy Coute? / Lynchburg News & Advance
August 4, 2004

In the coming days hundreds of Lynchburg parents will begin getting letters in the mail informing them that their child’s school is not making the grade according to No Child Left Behind guidelines.

Although preliminary SOL scores revealed that area schools are doing well, the federal No Child Left Behind Act said otherwise. According to the act’s measures, only seven of the city’s 16 public schools have m...
Teacher of the Year for Region 13 from SISD
Seguin Gazette-Enterprise
By Janet Grafe
Published August 04, 2004

Weinert Elementary teacher Pam Krippner is the new Region XIII 2004 Teacher of the Year.

Texas is divided into 20 different regions, with each region having its own education service center. Krippner competed with Teachers of the Year from the 59 school districts in 16 counties covered by Region XIII.

“We’ve known all along that she is an incredible teacher,” said John Yonker, Weinert Elementary princip...
Kentucky Schools Receive Report Cards
WCPO-TV ABC 9 Cincinnati
Reported by: Tom McKee
Web produced by: Jennifer Moore
Photographed by: 9News
8/3/2004 5:10:52 PM

Kentucky schools received report cards Tuesday to show if they have met standards in the "No Child Left Behind" laws.

If goals were not met for a second straight year, parents could transfer their children to another school.

In order to turn things around in the district, intensive instruction is being used towards reading and math...
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...
Taxpayer Billions Wasted on Education
Cybercast News Service
By Alan Caruba
CNSNews.com Commentary from the National Anxiety Center
August 03, 2004

If there is one problem that baffles and frustrates people who write to me, it is the state of education in America today.

Everybody, educators and parents alike, knows it continues to fail the millions of students who pass through kindergarten to twelfth grade, leaving too many without the skills of literacy and arithmetic/mathematics, as well as a decent knowledge...
Principals in AFSA Union Speak Out in New Study: No Child Le...
Business Wire
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 12, 2004--The No Child Left Behind act is having a profound and pronounced effect on which subjects are being taught in their schools, say members of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AFL-CIO in the findings reported in a recent survey.

The AFSA members surveyed work as principals in public schools in Chicago, New York, and Maryland. They participated in the first significant study of how the controversial federal law, the...
Growing Chorus Fights to Preserve Arts Education in Schools
[Deseret News (Salt Lake City)]

Arts educators cheered when the arts were declared a "core" academic subject under the No Child Left Behind education reform measure signed into law two years ago by President Bush.
Since then, however, those cheers have turned to consternation as arts educators have watched school districts around the nation cut classroom time and funding for art and music. School officials say they now need to focus most of their attention and money on rea...
Officials tweak school's military recruitment policy
Boston Globe
August 3, 2004

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. --The high school board has changed slightly the school's policy on giving military recruiters access to information about students.

The board voted 8-1 Monday to send a reminder to students that they can opt out of a federal program that gives the military access to names, phone numbers and addresses for recruitment. The reminder will be sent to students and parents and published twice a year in the school's parent newsletter.
75 percent of Kentucky schools meet No Child Left Behind Law...
Louisville Courier-Journal
By Nancy C. Rodriguez
[email protected]
The Courier-Journal

More than three quarters of Kentucky's public schools met reading and math goals required under the federal No Child Left Behind Law, based on preliminary results released today by the state Department of Education.

That's an improvement over last year, when just slightly more than 60 percent of schools met their goals.

Not all schools, however, maintained or impr...
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...
Only a handful pick basic schools
Fort Myers News-Press
Biggest of 3 new schools to open with only 20 enrolled

By JENNIFER BOOTH REED, [email protected]
Published by news-press.com on August 4, 2004

Consider them the one-room schoolhouses of 2004.

Lee County’s three new “basic schools” will open next week with a mere handful of students. The biggest, in Lehigh Acres, had 20 enrolled as of Monday afternoon. Basic School South in Bonita Springs had five, and Basic School West in North Fort Myers ...
Tutoring Money May Be Lacking
Washington Post
Thousands of Pupils Qualify for Help

By Sewell Chan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 4, 2004; Page B01

District officials are bracing for a surge in the number of students requesting free tutorial services under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, with low-income children at nearly half of the city's public schools now qualifying for the aid based on the schools' failure to meet test-score benchmarks.

But offici...
CSAP progress slow in coming
Fort Morgan Times

Tuesday, August 03, 2004 -

Reading and writing scores are improving slowly in Fort Morgan and Brush while Wiggins and Weldon Valley continue with scores comparable to the state.

The Colorado Department of Edcuation released results from this spring's Colorado Student Assessment Program tests Monday. The bigger schools in Morgan County were following a statewide trend. "The bad news is, if we could call it that, our progress was pa...
Jefferson faces transfer worries
The Courier-Journal
30,000 students may be eligible
By Chris Kenning
[email protected]
The Courier-Journal

More than 30,000 Jefferson students may be eligible to transfer to better-performing schools.

More than 30,000 Jefferson County students would be eligible to transfer to higher-performing schools because their public schools failed to meet federal academic standards, according to preliminary data released yesterday.

But district o...
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...
Letters: Education Act is underfunded
FOND DU LAC Reporter
U.S. Rep. Tom Petri’s claim that states collectively sitting on $2.7 billion in federal education funds is a smokescreen (The Reporter, “Commentary: Beware of political attacks on federal education funding,” July 22).

The Bush administration is not adequately funding the rigid demands of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, misleadingly called the No Child Left Behind Law.

Wisconsin residents face a massive shortfall with state budget cuts. Now, the federal g...
Students attending Coffee County schools will return on Augu...
The Manchester Times
By Dan Brigman, Coffee County Director of Schools July 28, 2004

Students attending Coffee County schools will return on August 4th for an abbreviated school day. School will be held from 8a.m.-10a.m., Aug. 4.

Schedules will be provided to middle and high school students as well as attendance taken in grades K-12. Faculty, staff and administrators have been working very hard this week preparing for students' return.

The first week of August will b...
Making music in the summertime
Canton Repository
Friday, July 30, 2004

By VERONICA VAN DRESS Repository education writer

CANTON -- Paul Martin knew he had to do something when he noticed his teenage daughter’s flute collecting dust bunnies under her bed every summer.

“She was at Crenshaw at that time. I was the youth director for the City of Canton. We had bought the flute a few years before that, and it went up under the bed when school was out, and she didn’t touch it again until school started,...
Record number of school tax issues on ballot
Canton Repository
Thursday, July 29, 2004 By VERONICA VAN DRESS Repository education writer

A record number of school-tax questions are on the Aug. 3 special election ballot — but Stark County voters won’t be deciding any of them.

The Ohio Department of Education Web site lists 103 school issues, which tops the previous special election high of 70 set in 1988. None of the levies are for schools in Stark County.

The head of the Ohio School Boards Association says the ...
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Gallup Independent
By Zsombor Peter
Staff Writer

GALLUP — Solving a differential equation for x and identifying the innards of an amoeba is all fine and good, but what about learning to balance a check book and calculating the compound interest on a personal loan?

That's the question Bill Bright posed to his fellow board members and administrators of Gallup-McKinley County Schools last week, suggesting they look past the basics and consider adding personal finance to the distr...
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...
260 students take transfers
Orlando Sentinel
Most opt to stay in schools that need improvement, be tutored

By Vicki McClure | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted July 30, 2004

TAVARES -- A tiny fraction of the 14,000 Lake County students eligible to transfer to other campuses next week did so under a federal law that designated their home schools as needing improvement.

Less than 2 percent, or 260 children, will receive free transportation to leave 20 high-poverty schools that did not meet th...
No Child Left Behind may soon see changes
[email protected]
Advocate staff writer

A new report paints a grim picture about the ability of Louisiana public schools to meet tougher state and federal education rules.
Left unanswered is this: Will today's standards be in place long enough for the worrisome predictions to ever come true?

The yearlong study was done by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. It provides a detailed look at hurdles public scho...
School systems not making the grade under new ratings
Macon Telegraph
School systems not making the grade under new ratings

By Karen Shugart

Telegraph Staff Writer

About 67 percent of Georgia school systems - including most in the midstate - did not make adequate yearly progress in 2003-2004, according to state Department of Education data.

Of 15 Middle Georgia systems, only Jones, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties met the state and federal benchmarks required by the federal No Child Left Behind schoo...
Education law posts no progress
Fort-Wayne Journal Gazette
Posted on Fri, Jul. 30, 2004

Education law posts no progress

Resources, not labels, help schools improve

How do your neighborhood schools measure up? For the easy answer, check out the state’s list of schools needing improvement. For the right answer, you’ll have to look more closely.

The Indiana Department of Education announced Wednesday that 1,406 of the state’s 1,828 schools showed “adequate yearly progress” on the standardized a...
State releases which schools, districts need improvement
Northwest Indiana Times
Fifty-four schools and 12 districts in Lake and Porter counties made the "needs improvement" list, and many now face sanctions.

On Thursday, the state released the 2003 Adequate Yearly Progress standings for Indiana school corporations and schools, required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Only Title I schools and Title I school districts get sanctioned if they do not improve enough year to year.

Many Title I schools now face a crucial time because the sanct...