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    Filed at 9:46 am under by dcobranchi

    The WaPo has a piece about the increasing numbers of states that are rebelling against NCLB. An interesting quote from EdSec Paige:

    In an interview Friday, Education Secretary Roderick R. Paige said many of the protests against the No Child Left Behind law are the result of its very complexity — it is more than 1,000 pages long — and a failure to understand its provisions. He said that much of the opposition is coming from a Washington-based “union establishment” that has mounted “a deliberate and highly financed effort to distort information” about the law.

    “For every person out there who is criticizing this law, there are tens out there who are supporting it,” Paige said.

    I kind of doubt that. And, it’s only going to get worse. The law allows states to set their own AYP levels as long as they get to 100% by 2014. Most states set the bar low at the beginning. As the years pass, it is going to get harder and harder to make AYP. I’m betting that somewhere around 2012, almost every school in the country will be “failing. The law is doomed.

    One Response to “WHERE ARE MY TWENTY?”

    Comment by
    February 19th, 2004
    at 12:24 pm

    Either that, or they will lower the bar continually until all of the students can pass. At the point that the diagnostic exams become remedial in content (and they are very near that already), then we are REALLY in trouble.