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Forum to examine No Child Left Behind
Stamford Advocate
By Alison Damast Staff Writer

December 4, 2004

NORWALK -- The three-year anniversary of the signing of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation is only a month away, but many people are still grappling to understand the complexities of the sweeping education reform law. At one can find the list of top writing service writers that work actively on promoting quality content.

Community members will get a chance to get up to speed on the nuances of the act at a symposium Tuesday at Norwalk Community College called "No Child Left Behind: Intent, Reality,...
Kurtz, parents discuss effects of NCLB
New Britain Herald
By PENNY RIORDAN, Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN -- The few dozen parents who listened to school superintendent Doris Kurtz discuss the impact of the federal No Child Left Behind Act Tuesday night at Smith School were most concerned about the difference in test scores between whites and minorities and parent involvement in the district.

The school district sent its parents i a thick packet of information that discussed students’ performance on the state...
Teachers speak out
Charleston Daily Mail
Charlotte Ferrell Smith Daily Mail staff

Tuesday November 30, 2004

Kanawha County teachers told school officials that increased paperwork and new guidelines are draining time and energy while hampering creativity and lowering morale.

About 75 teachers representing at least 19 county schools showed up for a "Speak Up and Speak Out" meeting at Capital High School on Monday evening.

During the two and a half-hour session, teachers voiced ...
U.S. students behind foreign peers in math
Anchorage Daily News
By BEN FELLER, AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON (December 6, 11:12 pm AST) - Compared with their peers in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, U.S. 15-year-olds are below average when it comes to applying math skills to real-life tasks, new test scores show.

The U.S. students were behind most other countries in overall math literacy and in every specific area tested in 2003, from geometry and algebra to statistics and computation.

The latest scores from the Prog...
No Child Left Behind is a flawed law
The Times (Northwest Indiana)
Guest Commentary by Kevin Zajdel

Schools and students nationwide are unfairly being labeled as failures because of a flawed federal law, the No Child Left Behind Act. While the law claims to have noble aims by setting unyielding expectations for schools, the outcomes are counterproductive for public school students.

One destructive outcome is the way this law links standardized testing to heavy sanctions through a rigid "adequate yearly progress" req...
Schools stumped over testing regulations
Amarillo Globe-News
By Liz Austin The Associated Press

DALLAS - State and federal laws on how to test special education students are on a collision course in Texas, stumping school leaders who must meet contradictory demands and parents who want to know how well schools are performing.

About 9 percent of the nearly 2.9 million Texas children in the third through eleventh grades were given an alternate test to the more rigorous Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, ...
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