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Lots Of New Details, Not So Many New Ideas

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In the space of less than a week, we've been inundated with reports and news stories about NCLB and testing that are all over the place: CEP puts out report stating that achievement seems to be rising since (but not necessarily because of) NCLB, the Dallas Morning News does a big series on widespread cheating on state tests, USA Today does a big package on states lowering requirements to make their test scores look better, and yesterday the USDE puts out a report showing just how different (mostly lower) state requirements are compared to NAEP (national) requirements.(You can find links to all of these below). While the quantity of information is large, the news really isn't and the impact of all this will probably get lost in the wash of hearings, reports, and all the rest to come.
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Go on admit it. The only time political bloggers pay attention to education stories is when they can use them to score imaginary points against whatever political party they oppose.

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