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The Importance of Accountability
Following is an excerpt from U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige's recent speech at Harvard University:
"When No Child Left Behind made it the law of the land for schools to tell moms and dads how well their children are learning, a hue and cry arose from some quarters.The complete text of Secretary Paige's speech can be found at: http://www.ed.gov/Speeches/04-2003/04142003.html
"Interestingly, when Congress first debated the merits of what would become the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, another member of the Harvard community, a young Senator named Robert Kennedy, called for standardized testing.
"How else, he asked, would we be able to measure the progress of schools and know???and I quote 'whether the child, in fact, was gaining from the investment of these funds.'
"Senator Kennedy added: 'I think it would be very helpful to Congress and I think it would be very helpful to people living in the states, and I think it would be very helpful to the people living in the local communities.'
"That's the point, after all: to ensure that children???not adults, not the system???are gaining from the investment of these funds. And that's why the robust accountability systems that No Child Left Behind demands, and that fine states like Massachusetts are already adopting, are so critically important."
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NCLB Extra Credit is a regular look at the No Child Left Behind Act, President Bush's landmark education reform initiative passed with bipartisan support in Congress.
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Last Modified: 08/23/2003