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Catch All
Tensions ease in NCLB dispute
Deerfield Valley News
By Mike Eldred

MARLBORO- A recent visit from Vermont Education Commissioner Richard Cate appears to have eased tensions in a standoff over the implementation of standardized testing under the state and federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Earlier in the year, the Marlboro School Board took a stand in opposition to the testing. In a statement issued at the time, board members said the district wouldn’t participate in testing to determine “adequate yearly...
Teachers to be tested
The Auburn Plainsman
By Ashley Hungerford
Assistant State & Local Editor
September 16, 2004

For the second-consecutive year, Alabama school systems will not send letters home to notify parents about unqualified teachers.

The Alabama Department of Education has asked the federal government for exemptions in sending out the letters.

The letters, as mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, should be sent out before the fourth week of school.
Sioux Falls teacher honored with NCLB award
Aberdeen American News
Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Karen Lukens, a second grade teacher in Sioux Falls, has received a national award for gains made by her students.

The federal government honors one teacher in each state with its American Star of Teaching award. It is part of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

"Repeatedly, students in her classes double their scores in performance," said Darla Marburger, an official with the U.S. education depart...
School attendance data under scrutiny
Medford Mail Tribune
September 17, 2004
Mail Tribune

Attendance is a top concern for school administrators and state officials, but the picture might not be as bleak as recently reported by an education-reform group.

The Chalkboard Project, a privately funded school-reform organization, reported that Oregon’s public schools had one of the country’s worst attendance rates.

The report used federal school finance data from the 2000-01 school year...
Greater expectations
The Boston Globe
September 16, 2004

Second in a series
DESPITE LOOMING court action on a finding that state funding for education is constitutionally inadequate and the announcement yesterday of schools that will require intervention by the state, money isn't the biggest factor in the next round of education reform at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Massachusetts students made impressive gains from 2001 to 2004 in spite of tight school budgets. Four out of five high school ...
Left behind
Lewiston Sun Journal
Saturday, September 4,2004

Last year, my husband and I paid for a tutor for our daughter (who has ADHD) because she was failing math. By the third quarter, she was still failing so we decided to have her kept back a year and sent to another school so that she wouldn't have the stigma of seeing her friends pass on ahead of her. We also verbally asked to have her tested academically. This didn't happen.

The principal sent a letter stating that he didn't feel that she...
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