Most-Clicked Story: Test Gains Stalled

Last week’s most-clicked ASCD SmartBrief story:

Study: Test gains stalled after NCLB implementation (Education Week)
Although NCLB is credited with some initial test-score gains in math, a new study of 12 U.S. states shows that, since the enactment of NCLB, progress in math has slowed significantly, and racial achievement gaps in reading remain intact.

Why did this story interest you? Here’s what proponents and opponents of this study had to say:

“Over the past four years, ‘No Child’ proponents have made very strong claims that this reform is raising student achievement,” said lead study author Bruce Fuller, a University of California – Berkeley professor of education and public policy. “In fact, after NCLB, earlier progress made by the states actually petered out.”

Katherine McLane, the press secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, took issue with Mr. Fuller’s conclusions. “The fact is that No Child Left Behind is working,” she said. “What the report seems not to account for is that a law that affects tens of thousands of schools all over America can’t be implemented overnight and its effects are not immediate.” (Education Week)