Don’t blame NCLB for high-flyers’ decline

Fordham’s high-flyers’ report, which argued top students are getting short shrift, is a Phantom Menace, argue Ulrich Boser and Diana Epstein of the Center for American Progress. While many high-achieving students don’t maintain their performance over time, there’s no evidence that efforts to close achievement gaps are responsible, they write.

All of Fordham’s data came from the post-NCLB time period, so without a pre-NCLB comparison, there is no way to make a claim that NCLB caused the decline.

Gifted and Talented programs are expanding in many states, write Boser and Epstein.  More fourth and eighth students are scoring at the highest level in math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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  1. “Gifted and talented programs have been growing in many states in recent years.”

    I’d like to see some proof for this assertion because it flies in the face of everything I’ve observed in recent years. All the linked article cited was that the percentage of children identified as G&T in Maryland and New York has increased. Merely labeling children G&T is not very helpful- for them to actually mean anything, the labels need to be backed up by some sort of real learning opportunities like acceleration or special GATE classes/schools.