July 16, 2003, Extra Credit
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July 16, 2003
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Majority of Americans Support Key No Child Left Behind Accountability Provision
According to a recent poll released by The Business Roundtable, a strong majority of Americans support the No Child Left Behind provisions requiring states to identify schools in need of improvement, even if only one subgroup of students is not meeting state standards. According to The Business Roundtable:

  • "Majorities of parents and voters believe the reporting requirements of NCLB are fair. Fifty-six percent of parents and 59 percent of voters agree that a school should be labeled as 'needing improvement' if even one group of students is falling behind."

  • "Large majorities of voters and parents say they would be concerned to learn that specific groups of students are found to be falling behind. Eighty to 90 percent of parents say they would be concerned to learn that, while the majority of students in their communities were meeting requirements in reading and math, specific groups—such as African-Americans, English Language Learners, low-income or special needs students—were not."


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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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