President Bush visits Horace Greeley Elementary School in Chicago this morning to highlight tomorrow’s sixth anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act. Seventy percent of the North Side school’s students are of Hispanic descent, while 92 percent come from low-income families.
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) had an op-ed on the legislation in today’s Washington Post, “How to Fix No Child.” It’s good to see a little acknowledgement of legislation’s accomplishments:
On the plus side, the law demands that all children must benefit — black or white, immigrant or native-born, rich or poor, disabled or not. Before its enactment, only a handful of states monitored the achievement of every group of students in their schools. Today, all 50 states must do that. Across the country, schools are poring over student data to identify weaknesses in instruction and to improve teaching and learning. All schools now measure performance based not on the achievement of their average and above-average students but on their progress in helping below-average students reach high standards as well.
The positive changes are evident in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, better known as “The Nation’s Report Card.” The improvements are still modest, but they’re noticeable, particularly among students who formerly were low achievers. We’re beginning to see a narrowing of the achievement gap between white students and other students.
But ….more federal dollars needed, Kennedy argues.
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