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Narrowing of Curriculum
 
NCLB's science-based goals ignore arts' importance to childr...
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By Edna Teller

Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - THE No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was signed into law January 8, 2002. Its stated purpose is to ensure that all students attain proficiency in reading by the third grade, and in mathematics and science by the eighth grade.

Each state creates standards in these subjects, and all students are tested each year in grades three through eight in reading and mathematics. Students are also tested in science three times during...
 
Editorial: Too many tests mean diminished education
The Post-Crescent
9/8/04

A quarter-million kids in Wisconsin will spend part of this school year studying for and taking standardized tests.

In the next school year, that number will nearly double, as tests mandated by state government — pushed by the federal No Child Left Behind Act — expand to include more grade levels and more subjects.

There will be more time needed to take tests, and to prepare students to take the tests. And it’s all being done to test … the sch...
 
Adding a ‘T' for testing to 3 R's
The Kansas City Star
By MARÁ ROSE WILLIAMS and DIANE CARROLL
9/7/04
The Kansas City Star

For schoolchildren, spring has long been the season for sharpening No. 2 pencils and darkening ovals on standardized tests.

But these days, the tests can start almost as soon as classes do. In the Kansas City district, second- through 12th-graders began pregrade testing on Wednesday — the third day of school. These tests identify areas for teachers to concentrate on before more importa...
 
Petersburg schools launch makeover project
Petersburg Progress-Index
By: Jason Reeves , Staff Writer 09/04/2004

PETERSBURG - When classes begin on Tuesday, city schools will have new curriculum, a new teaching corps and a new slogan - "The NEW Petersburg Public Schools for High Student Achievement."

Hoping to revive a struggling schools system, Superintendent Lloyd Hamlin unveiled the "NEW" motto yesterday, along with the most comprehensive system makeover in 20 years.

It includes the fresh curriculum and new educat...
 
More math classes added
Schaumburg Review
Dist. 211 to require three years of algebra, geometry for all

BY PATRICK CORCORAN
STAFF WRITER
September 2, 2004

High School District 211 officials will toss out a flagging remedial math class and instead require all students to take basic algebra and geometry classes beginning next year.

When the proposal takes root, it will mean more math for more students.

Roger Thornton, the district's new superintendent, told the ...
 
District 211 to require three years of algebra, geometry for...
Rolling Meadows Review
BY PATRICK CORCORAN
STAFF WRITER
September 2, 2004

High School District 211 officials will toss out a flagging remedial math class and instead require all students to take basic algebra and geometry classes beginning next year.

When the proposal takes root, it will mean more math for more students.

Roger Thornton, the district's new superintendent, told the School Board Aug. 26 that M111, or basic math, should be eliminated by the st...
 
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