Two letters in Education Week rip a study that claimed fourth grade reading scores have declined or held even in 15 of the largest states since the passage of No Child Left Behind. Attacking politically motivated “commando research,” Eric Hanushek writes:
In the garbled presentation of various “facts” and conclusions about the No Child Left Behind law and student performance, the study by unnamed Stanford and Berkeley researchers violates virtually all rules of science.
Reading scores improved in 12 of the 15 states in the study, he writes, and held steady or rose in the other three.
John Kerry cited the study as evidence that NCLB hasn’t worked.