"No Child Left Behind" is Getting Results After 4 Years

Yesterday, January 9, 2005 was the 4 year anniversary of the “No Child Left Behind Act”

Visiting Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio, Jan. 8, President George W. Bush signs into law historic, bi-partisan education legislation. On hand for the signing are Democratic Rep. George Miller of California (far left), Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts (center, left), Secretary of Education Rod Paige (center, behind President Bush), Republican Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, and Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire (not pictured). (White House photo by Paul Morse.)

How NCLB is working after four years:

Increased spending on education:

Since 2001, the Administration has increased spending on elementary and secondary education by 41 percent. Title I funding for disadvantaged students is up 45 percent, and funding for the Reading First program has quadrupled.

More Accountability:

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the achievement of young students has risen since 2002. In 2005, America’s fourth graders posted the best reading and math scores in the test’s history. Eighth graders earned the highest math scores recorded by NAEP.

Minorities are closing the gap:

Minority students are also making progress at a faster rate, so the achievement gap is narrowing. According to NAEP, African-American and Hispanic fourth graders set records in both reading and math scores. Eighth grade Hispanic and African-American students achieved the highest math scores ever.

After 4 years “No Child left Behind” is facing the soft bigotry of low expectations with results.

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