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Five Years and "No Child Left Behind" Doesn't Make the Grade?

January 8, 2007


More than 100 children's groups, education organizations and civil rights groups, including groups in Idaho, are calling on Congress to overhaul the "No Child Left Behind" law, which turns five years old today. Stan Karp with Rethinking Schools sees this as a great opportunity to undo the damage that constant testing and "teaching to the test" has done to students, especially slower learners or those with disabilities.

"The problem is education policy uses these achievement gaps to label schools as failures without providing the resources and strategies needed to eliminate them."

According to Karp, classes that aren't test topics, like social studies, art and music, have been cut in schools across the state to make room for more class time focused on test topics. He says that cheats students out of a well-rounded classical education.

Monty Neill with the National Center for Fair and Open Testing says test scores have improved at most schools in Idaho, a fact he says isn't that impressive.

"Because we only rely on standardized tests and there's so much 'teaching to the test,' we're getting inflated test scores, and that means that you can't believe the results."

"No Child Left Behind" was designed to make sure every child passes standardized tests.

Information on the campaign to make changes to the law and the groups supporting the effort at www.edaccountability.org.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID