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Student Test Scores Faltering, Falling in Major States, New ...
SACRAMENTO - October 7- Children's reading scores have stalled or declined in the nation's largest states since Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, according to new data released by governors and state school chiefs.

Traveling the campaign trail, President Bush frequently reiterates support for his controversial "No Child" school accountability reforms. In King of Prussia, Pa. last month, Mr. Bush said, "We're making progress. We're closing the achievement gap."<...>
Torrington sees slight decline in performance
Waterbury Republican-American
By Suzanne Risley

TORRINGTON -- After making gains the past few years on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test, Torrington High School scores in science, reading and writing on the state test declined.

The 1 to 3 percent drop in proficiency in the three categories translates into four to 14 students who did not perform as well on the tests, said Veronica LeDuc, principal.

Overall, 80 percent of the 10th graders were at or above prof...
Graduation not tied to test results
The Intelligencer 10.4.04

Despite the emphasis placed on standardized test scores by the No Child Left Behind law, students don't have to score well on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment to graduate from public high schools.

They must demonstrate proficiency in math, reading and writing, but how they do that is up to each school district.

Standardized tests, like the PSSA, are just one of the methods some distr...
Bass School back in business, for now
Daily Southtown
Struggling Englewood school — and seven others like it — gets at least one more year

By Linda Lutton

Staff writerThis fall, students are back in class at Perkins Bass Elementary School on the South Side — as they are in seven other Chicago "partnership schools" given one year to improve standardized test scores or face shutdown.

The Daily Southtown followed the struggle of the Englewood community school to get its test scores up last ye...
School testing mandate in doubt
Houston Chronicle
GAO report says plan is plagued by faulty data
By DIANA JEAN SCHEMO New York Times 10.4.04

WASHINGTON - A new federal requirement to sharply expand annual testing of students starting next school year faces serious obstacles, including unreliable data and a lack of clear and timely guidance from federal officials, according to a government report.

The report, by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, found wide variation in...
Editorial: Measuring progress in schools
Holliston TAB
Thursday, September 30, 2004

State officials released the annual flood of MCAS scores this week, and most local educators found good news. Scores on the state's standardized tests are steadily edging up. The state's decade-long process of setting uniform standards and testing against them seems to be working as intended.

It's also good to see how the MCAS tests are being used to focus the attention of educators. Where English scores have lagged, we've seen educators...
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