- "Overhauling Assessment Systems" summarizes FEA's analysis and positions. It discusses assessment for instruction as well as for accountability of schools and educators. It states FEA's concerns with NCLB and related federal policy, and offers recommendations for new and better assessment.
- FairTest and five other groups wrote this position paper on NCLB/ESEA and the school-to-prison pipeline, which looks at testing, "zero tolerance" and other problems, and makes recommendations.
- See the new Forum on Educational Accountability report Redefining Accountability, based on the Joint Organizational Statement on NCLB.
- Forum on Educational Accountability legislative language to overhaul NCLB (PDF)
- The National Council of Churches
- Questions on the No Child Left Behind Act for Candidates in the 2008 Federal Elections.
- Redefining the Federal Role in Education as the No Child Left Behind Act is Reauthorized - Talking Points
- Ten Moral Concerns in the No Child Left Behind Act: A Statement of the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education and Literacy
- "Evaluating No Child Left Behind," by Linda Darling-Hammond, in The Nation, is an excellent analysis of the flaws in the law and what the US should be doing to improve education.
- See the letter Sent from FairTest to the Nation in response to the above piece.
- Anne Lewis' Phi Delta Kappan Washington Commentary for April 2007 reports that NCLB and high-stakes testing lack research support, but research does exist to support high-quality practices that NCLB undermines. The column is here (pdk), with Ms. Lewis' citations here.
Used with permission of Phi Delta Kappan
- A strong report from the Public Education Network (PEN) sharply criticizes NCLB.
- Editors of five measurement journals call for NCLB to include "multiple sources of evidence.
- Classroom Caste System, an op-ed from the April 9, 2007 Washington Post.
- Band-Aids or Bulldozers: What's Next for NCLB - summary of current NCLB situation by Stan Karp.
- Educator and author Marion Brady explains why NCLB "is an educational train wreck."
- Susan Ohanian has exposed dangerous flaws in NAEP reading test items, and analyzed who's who on NAEP's Governing Board (printed in Substance, November 2005).
- NCLB in Indian Country: Preliminary Report on No Child Left Behind in Indian Country is a detailed discussion, based on testimony at hearings held around the nation, of the damaging consequences of NCLB for American Indians, prepared by the National Indian Education Association.
A summary and news release are available at the NIEA main website.
- The Summer 2005 Center for Community Change Education Organizer newsletter contains Articles on the Joint Organizational Statement on NCLB (p. 13) and a FairTest article on organizing to change the federal law ("Guest Opinion: What to Do?", p 14).
- Also for download - see the High Stakes Testing Song. Lyrics are here http://members.aol.com/chapinfo/tc/mp3.html and you can download for pay a sung version. press release in HTML or PDF."
- "Our Impoverished View of Educational Reform" by David C. Berliner - Teachers College Record, August 02, 2005
- "Many Children Left Behind," book on NCLB, reviewed in Summer 2004 Examiner.
- Students at George Mason University prepared a very useful fact sheet (in pdf) on NCLB that they also summarized as a half-page handout.
- See the PDF document "The NCLB Rebellion" which describes state-level legislative and policy opposition to NCLB.
- The National Conference of State Legislatures has prepared a detailed report calling for many changes in NCLB http://www.ncsl.org/programs/press/2005/pr050223.htm (there are links to summary and full report). NCSL questions the constitutionality of NCLB, calls for multiple measures, changes in AYP, and more.
- See a Letter sent to Congress urging them not to adopt Bush's new High School Testing provisions under NCLB.
- The NCLB Test - a multiple choice test of NCLB issues on the law, implementation and consequences.
- Accountability Left Behind: While Children and Schools Face High Stakes Testing, Tutoring Companies Get a Free Ride, a report by ACORN
- The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (180 organizations) has issued a statement on education, http://www.civilrights.org/issues/affirmative/details.cfm?id=22904
Point 11 says: Use standardized tests only as diagnostic tools to assess student needs Employ tests as only one of several measures for evaluating student progress and to direct resources to meet student needs, not to punish under-resourced schools or students who have not had the opportunity to learn the tested material. Reject high-stakes testing as a sole criterion for making major decisions. This is interesting in part because of the claims of the Bush administration that NCLB is the continuation of Brown v Board. Most civil rights groups continue to oppose the misuse and overuse of standardized tests.
- Great animated cartoon: School Daze by Mark Fiore
- Test Today, Privatize Tomorrow: Using Accountability to 'Reform' Public Schools to Death, by Alfie Kohn, in April 2004 Phi Delta
- The No Child Left Behind Hoax by Stan Karp
- See testimony given to the Illinois Senate Education Committee NCLB Subcommittee On September 12, 2003 by Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE)
- PDF file of a piece from Center for Policy Alternatives on mandatory testing.
- Accountability Systems: Implications of Requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is a featured article in the latest Educational Researcher
- Let Them Eat Tests is a fine evaluation of the new Elementary and Secondary Education Act from Rethinking Schools
- Issues and Arguments on the Federally Mandated Testing Plan
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