The report, which experts called the most comprehensive analysis of test data from all 50 states since 2002, concluded that the achievement gap between black and white students is shrinking in many states and that the pace of student gains increased after the law was enacted. The findings were particularly significant because of their source: the nonpartisan Center on Education Policy, which in recent years has issued several reports that have found fault with aspects of the law’s implementation.
Jack Jennings, president of the District-based center and a former Democratic congressional aide, said a decade of school improvement efforts at local, state and national levels has contributed to achievement gains.
Gains were strongest at the elementary level and in math.
This should be a big boost for reauthorization of NCLB. Nothing impresses like higher test scores.
Update: The rise in elementary math scores reported by CEP tracks the improvement reported by NAEP (National Assessment of Education Progress), notes Kevin Carey on The Quick and the Ed. That undercuts the widespread belief that the education system is unreformable.
Early Reading First, aimed at low-income preschoolers, boosts letter and print knowledge but not phonemic awareness, a new Education Department study finds. The program also encourages training for preschool teachers and better teaching practices.