Citing a PACE study, which says reading scores stalled or declined in 15 large states, John Kerry is calling No Child Left Behind a failure. Don’t worry, though. Kerry has a plan to raise standards, “and we’re going to make sure of it because we’re going to make sure the resources are there to accomplish it.”
A group of education analysts says PACE’s analysis is misleading:
. . . it appears that the PACE authors have selectively searched for data that would prove their preconceptions and have misrepresented the data that they found. For example, PACE describes trends as “flat” that have in fact risen. By PACE’s own data, 11 of the 15 states PACE selected have improved since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act. At most, one state showed a decline. This is another in a long line of biased efforts to undermine testing and accountability.
The U.S. Education Department response, which calls the analysis “politically motivated,” has more details.