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NGA Says Federal Rules on Grad Rates Need Clarification

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Governors say the Department of Education's proposal to require states to use the same method of calculating graduation rates isn't ready to be implemented.

Read the National Governors Association's comments at the NGA Web site.

The deadline for comments on the April 23 rules package is coming up. If you want to pass along comments on graduation rates or any other issue, e-mail them to me at [email protected].

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When you say "civil rights groups" I am assuming you mean "some" (perhaps "a few")and not "all."

Some 20 national civil rights groups are among those who have signed the Joint Organizational Statement on NCLB. It says in its introduction: "Overall, the law’s emphasis needs to shift from applying sanctions for failing to raise test scores to holding states and localities accountable for making the systemic changes that improve student achievement."

Together with several of the recommendations, it is clear that signers of the Statement do not think that schools are improved through sanctions based on test scores. The preponderance of evidence supports that view.

So while some civil rights groups have stated support for a basically unchanged NCLB, it seems most want major changes. One would be on sanctions, making support for a moratorium on sanctions, the Graves bill, a reasonable step.

The Statement is on the web at www.fairtest.org - off our home page.

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