Facts left behind

William Raspberry makes several mistakes in a column on No Child Left Behind, writes Eduwonk.

He frets that the law holds schools accountable for student test scores on a single day (it doesn’t, states can measure school performance by averaging scores over multiple years), he buys a hypothetical argument about a school making great strides but still not making “adequate yearly progress” (less of a problem than it appears because of the law’s “safe harbor” provisions), and he accepts the notion that offering students in low-performing schools public school choice, tutoring, or worst of all requiring school districts and states to do something about those schools amounts to “punishment.”

I just promised a reader I’d include some links explaining NCLB. Here’s Education Week’s guide and the U.S. Education Department’s NCLB site, which is not very well designed, in my opinion.

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  1. I concur that the website is not well-designed, and my latest post critiques the NCLB main page in detail. It’s rather amazing that there can be so many design flaws in such a small space.

  2. Mark Odell says:

    Here‘s another link to Douglas’ post, for those of us on whose browsers the URL redirection fails.