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    I recall some of the earliest predicting that NCLB was going to result in every school in the country being labeled “failing.” Tom Toch, in this profile of one of the players in NCLB’s reauthorization, notes that we’re almost there:

    [T]he Administration also wants to measure how much schools increase student learning over a year, rather than only how many students meet state standards. And they want to target reforms at the weakest schools, rather than at any school where even one group of students in a single grade underperforms in a single tested subject, a provision of NCLB that the Administration says will result in 80%
    of the nation’s public schools being “labeled as failing” this summer.

    That was not a bug in the original law, but a feature. But the law is up for reauthorization, and it looks like, perhaps, the law will be a little more flexible this time around. Toch’s profile is worth a read..

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