FairTest News Release on 2013 NAEP Results, Added Evidence of NCLB Failure

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Dr. Monty Neill  (617) 477-9792                           
Bob Schaeffer     (239) 395-6773

for immediate release Thursday, November 7, 2013

NAEP RESULTS ADD TO EVIDENCE OF “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND” FAILURE;
MORE ACHIEVEMENT GAINS BEFORE LAW WAS ADOPTED THAN AFTER;
TEST-AND-PUNISH EDUCATION POLICIES MUST CHANGE

   The latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) “add to existing evidence that the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law has failed,” according to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest). A federal report released today shows that NAEP score improvement slowed or stopped in both reading and math after NCLB was implemented. NAEP data also show that score gaps between whites and historically disenfranchised groups are generally not narrowing.

   The NAEP trends are consistent with recent results from the ACT and SAT college admissions tests, where average scores continue to stagnate while some racial group score gaps are widening. Gaps are stagnant for 17-year-olds on the long-term NAEP tests.

   “It is well past the time for the federal government to dramatically change course,” said FairTest Executive Director Monty Neill. “The Obama Administration has continued the Bush Administration’s failed test-and-punish approach to the nation’s public schools. These policies, including ‘Race to the Top’ and NCLB waivers, have led to stagnant achievement on independent standardized exams. At the same time, there has been a massive increase in testing our children.”
Dr. Neill concluded, “Because of the tsunami of high-stakes testing, parents, students and teachers across the nation are rising up in growing numbers. This movement is determined to reverse the tide and bring sanity back to American education.”

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