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What the New Education Law Means for School Testing

The Wall Street Journal – Tawnell D. Hobbs

“Educators say the new Every Student Succeeds Act is an improvement over the oft-criticized No Child Left Behind Act, started in 2002 with a promise that all American students would be proficient in reading and math by the 2013-14 school year. That didn’t happen. NCLB was blamed for ushering in a climate of overtesting as districts sought to stay off the federal bad list and away from punitive action for not meeting adequate yearly progress. Some schools gave local assessments and had test prep throughout the year to prepare for the big exams. Nontest subjects, such as in fine arts, and even recess, got pushed aside.”(more)

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