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Marshfield, Wisconsin Area Schools Are Working Hard to Be Accountable ... And Students Are Benefiting
As recently reported in the Marshfield News-Herald, reading scores in Marshfield, Wisconsin area schools are on the rise and at least one principal feels No Child Left Behind's emphasis on accountability has played a part. Following is a brief excerpt from the article, "New techniques lead to rise in reading scores," and a link to the complete text of the article:

"Many area schools greatly improved their test scores on the state's third-grade reading comprehension test, and school officials think it's more than just a smart group of students.

"The jump in scores might be districts' responses to federal mandates that hold schools more accountable, said Lance Batchelor, Owen-Withee Elementary School principal.

"'Schools are working hard to be accountable for what the kids are learning,' Batchelor said.

"A strong Title One program for students who are behind their classmates in reading is part of the reason 100 percent of Owen-Withee's third-graders' reading scores were rated in the advanced or proficient categories—the top two—this year, up from 83.3 percent last year, Batchelor said."

The article was originally published by Marshfield News-Herald article July 18, 2003 is no longer available online.

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