Failure of the Standards Movement – Research and Opinion by Larry Stedman

Truth or Consequences

  • In 2001, the Bush administration’s bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) required states taking Title I funds to test reading and math annually in grades 3-8, once in 10-12, and science at three levels. States were required set performance standards for each grade and ensure that all students are proficient in 12 years. Schools were also required to make adequate yearly progress overall and with minority, limited English proficiency, and low-income students. Failure to do so results in improvement plans, transfer rights, and school takeovers.
  • So, after a generation of standards efforts, what happened?
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