Bush Gives Credit NCLB for Test Gains, But Critics Express Doubts
President Bush today joined the chorus of NCLB supporters who say the law is the reason for the positive results on the National Assessment of Education Progress.
"What all this means is No Child Left Behind Act is working for all kinds of children in all kinds of schools in every part of the country," the president said in New York City this morning.
But critics aren't convinced. FairTest has released its formal response, saying that NAEP increases were "significantly greater" before NCLB (from 2000 to 2003) than after.
"That deflates the administration’s claims that federal law is driving school improvement," Monty Neill, a co-executive director of FairTest, said in this news release.