Needy students are closing the test gap in the Washington area due to No Child Left Behind, reports the Washington Post.
Since enactment of the No Child Left Behind law, students from poor families in the Washington area have made major gains on reading and math tests and are starting to catch up with those from middle-class and affluent backgrounds, a Washington Post analysis shows.
Teachers are more likely to “work in teams to improve and fine-tune lessons and brainstorm ways to help students,” the Post reports. Teachers use “mini-tests” to gauge whether a few students need extra help or the entire class needs to be taught the lesson again.
Three years ago, Shady Grove Middle School in Montgomery County missed its “adequate yearly progress” target for low-income students by one child.
(Principal Lance) Dempsey launched a schoolwide literacy plan. She pushed teachers to learn techniques to integrate reading into every subject and gave them weekly training in reading instruction. Teachers started meeting regularly to identify students who were falling behind and to make plans to help them. Educators across the region are taking similar steps. Physical education and art teachers often weave math and literacy lessons into games and projects.
In 2005, two-fifths of low-income students passed in reading. This year, nearly three-fourths passed.