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Standardized Tests
School testing skewed in song
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Folk trio's CD criticizes law
Patti Ghezzi - Staff
Friday, October 1, 2004

The trio Dangerous Folk is wielding banjos and harmonicas in an assault on the testing craze they say is ruining public education.

Standardized tests aren't just a pain, the folk singers say --- or sing --- in a new CD called "No Child Left Behind? Bring Back the Joy." They maintain tests are wringing the joy out of school, making kids feel stupid and demoralizing teachers.
Half of public schools have errors in test data
Chicago Sun-Times
September 28, 2004

BY KATE N. GROSSMAN Education Reporter

Half of Illinois' public schools have errors in testing data, including discrepancies that could land them unfairly on a state failing list, State Board of Education officials said Monday.

Last year, 451 schools were erroneously labeled as failing to meet federal standards because of similar errors. Corrected data weren't released until March, nearly a year after students sat for state exams.
The Choice on Schooling
The Washington Post
Thursday, September 23, 2004; Page A28

PRESIDENT BUSH'S No Child Left Behind legislation was an aggressive federal intervention into a traditionally state and local matter. We support the principle of that law, which requires school systems to use testing and other assessments to determine whether children are reading and doing math at grade level. The law requires systems to publicly disclose this information and forces them to provide tutoring, or another school, for children in...
NE - Neighbors talk education at house party
Lincoln Journal Star

BELLEVUE, Neb. - At a time when the war in Iraq and the presidential election top the news agenda, the nation shouldn't forget about education, retired school teacher Phyllis Smith says.

"For people my age, education is very important because we know that the people who are going to take care of us in the nursing home are coming through our education system," Smith said. "We want to make sure they know what they're doing."

Smith was among 10 p...
Iowa "house party" finds fault with No Child Left Behind
Sioux City Journal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Parents must remain involved in education for it to get the attention it deserves in this election year, teacher Alan Young told a group at Callanan Middle School on Wednesday night.

"If this dies here, then we really have missed the spirit of what's going to be needed," said Young, a veteran social studies teacher.

About 20 parents and teachers gathered in the school library, one of nearly 80 such local gatherings in ...
Education law slammed at Callanan 'house party'
Des Moines Register
September 23, 2004

The "house party" seemed anything but festive as a small group of educators and parents in Des Moines bashed the No Child Left Behind Act and discussed the need for more education funding.

"No matter who is in the White House," said Des Moines Education Association president Alan Young at Callanan Middle School, "these funding issues will still be there."

Thousands of meetings were...
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