July 23, 2004 Extra Credit
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July 23, 2004

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California Teacher Says NCLB "Has Already Helped a Great Deal"

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education hosted the first ever No Child Left Behind Research-to-Practice Summit at the Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. Teachers from all over the country gathered to learn methods from researchers and other teachers for putting education research into classroom practice. The following are excerpts from a recent article in The Washington Times highlighting some remarks from teachers who participated in the summit:

"About 200 educators at a national summit in Washington shared positive learning gains under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, in stark contrast to continuing complaints against the law by teachers unions. The law's $3 billion in Reading First grants in the past three years has enabled schools to hire reading coaches to help elementary teachers boost language proficiency, said Sandy Granchelli, a coach from Coventry, Conn."

"Don Stratton, a sixth-grade teacher from Perris, Calif., said the No Child Left Behind Act is helpful, but a lot of work needs to be done. ‘It's going to take commitment on the part of teachers, administrators and state personnel. More states need to become proactive in making sure that children are reading at grade level, learning how to do math at grade level and making adequate progress,‘ he said."

"Mr. Stratton dismissed complaints by the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers that the law is unrealistic and unworkable. His school, whose students are ‘95 percent socioeconomically deprived,’ has made adequate progress through learning gains in all student subgroups in the past two years. He said the numbers demonstrate that the law ‘has already helped a great deal.’"

"The summit at the U.S. Department of Education featured master teachers who shared ‘what works’ for them in reading and math instruction."


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