Stalled progress

Three years after No Child Left Behind went into effect, elementary students are doing better in reading and math, but progress is stalled for secondary students, concludes an Education Trust report. Kati Haycock, director of the Education Trust, says getting education right in the early years doesn’t guarantee students will do well later on.

“Experience tells us this assumption is wrong. Education is more like nutrition.  You have to start early with that quality diet — and then continue all the way up the line.”
. . . “We need to overhaul the way we run high schools: how we sort students, how we use time, how we assign teachers, and even our academic goals for students,” Haycock said.

At the high school level, the achievement gaps between Latino and white students, and the gap between poor and non-poor students, stayed the same or increased in a majority of states studied.

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