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Initial FairTest Analysis of ESEA

FairTest staff have studied the legislation ("No Child Left Behind Act") and consulted with additional sources to prepare the following analysis of the testing and accountability provisions. The Act is very detailed and long, and we apologize for any errors in this summary and analysis. We will amend this document to correct any errors brought to our attention.

Urban NAEP Scores Again Show Test-Driven Education Fails to Aid Neediest Students

for immediate release, Thursday, December 1, 2005


Today's release of National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Trial Urban District Assessment results "shows once again that test-driven school 'reform' is failing to improve education for the nation's most needy children," according to Monty Neill, Ed.D., Executive Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing.

NAEP Reading and Math Score Trends Show State High-Stakes Tests and "No Child Left Behind" Fail to Spur Educational Improvements

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
cell: (239) 699-0468

for immediate release, Thursday, July 14, 2005 "The generally lackluster performance reported by the National
Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) demonstrates the failure of the test-and-punish approach to meaningfully improve the quality of schooling for U.S. children," according to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest).

"Stagnant results for 17-year-olds indicate that soaring high

Test Reformers React to New National Poll on "No Child Left Behind"

for further information, contact:
Dr. Monty Neill (857) 350-8207
or Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

Reaction of Dr. Monty Neill, Executive Director of FairTest, to Pres. Bush's State of the Union Proposals

For further information:
Dr. Monty Neill (857) 350-8207

FairTest's letter to U.S. House education staff in response to a letter from Education Committee Chair George Miller

Date: July 11, 2007

Failing Our Children Home

Failing Our Children

How "No Child Left Behind" Undermines Quality and Equity in Education
An Accountability Model that Supports School Improvement

by Monty Neill, Ed.D., Lisa Guisbond and Bob Schaeffer
with James Madson and Life Legeros
May 2004











What's Wrong with No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and What You Can Do to Change It

The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): FairTest materials on requirements, opportunities and problems

The articles on this page analyze the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as the current version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Because ESSA requires the same testing as NCLB did and many states still use NCLB punitive accountability programs though they do not have to, this page retains material on NCLB that is relevant to ESSA.

Aspen Commission Proposals are "NCLB on Steroids;" Side-Effect Will Be More "Teaching to the Tests"

for more information:
Dr. Monty Neill (857) 350-8207
Robert Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

The Aspen Commission's recommendations for reauthorizing the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, released today, amount to little more than NCLB on steroids.

Their predictable side-effect will be the further reduction of education to coaching for narrow exams that fail to support or assess high-quality student learning.

Joint Organizational Statement on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act

List of 156 Signers Updated December 13, 2011 

The undersigned education, civil rights, religious, children's, disability, and civic organizations are committed to the No Child Left Behind Act's objectives of strong academic achievement for all children and closing the achievement gap. We believe that the federal government has a critical role to play in attaining these goals.

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