June 12, 2003, Extra Credit
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Jefferson Elementary in Wichita, Kan., Experiences the Success of No Child Left Behind
An article in Wednesday's Wichita Eagle, "Principal sees law's success at his school," discussed how No Child Left Behind is helping improve student achievement at Jefferson Elementary in Wichita, Kan. Following are excerpts from the article:

"Jefferson Elementary is an example of how President Bush wants American education to work."

"The school, near Oliver and Kellogg, uses test scores in math and reading to isolate strengths and weaknesses. When scores dip—which has happened in the past two years—it figures out where the problems are and tries to solve them."

"Jefferson principal Brad Pepper said preliminary scores for this year show improvement, which proves the system of accountability under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 works."

"Jefferson Elementary faces challenges similar to those at other Wichita public schools, with a wider range of pre-school preparation among students putting greater demands on the educational system. The testing, he said, has allowed the school to isolate which sections of classes need improvement."

"With that information, the school forms plans for improvement, then executes them. Jefferson's preliminary 2003 numbers show improvement, Pepper said, a tribute to the federal prompting as well as the local response of parents, teachers and the district."


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