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Wisconsin's No Child Left Behind Accountability Plan: All Children CAN Learn
The U.S. Department of Education announced yesterday that Wisconsin had become the 21st state to have its No Child Left Behind state accountability plan approved. Following are excerpts from coverage of the announcement:

"At Wednesday's announcement, ... MPS Superintendent William Andrekopoulos pointed to the school where he stood—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School—as an example of how all children can learn, even those living in poverty. 'Demographics would point in the direction that children in this building should not learn,' he said. 'This school is an example of other schools in this district—that children are beating the odds.'"—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Federal officials on Wednesday accepted Wisconsin's complicated plan to meet national school accountability requirements, including more tests, more qualified teachers and a system of rewards and punishments for schools. ... 'Wisconsin is among the very best. It is an excellent model,' John Danielson, chief of staff for U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige, said Wednesday."—The Associated Press

"The state's plan—the 21st approved nationally—also indicates that rewards will go to schools where disadvantaged students make the greatest academic gains or high-poverty schools exceed academic goals."—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"The new law represents a major change for education in Wisconsin, giving the state more oversight to enforce standardized accountability measures. Wisconsin law allows the state's 426 school districts to determine curriculum, choose textbooks and set school policy."——The Associated Press

"Among those standards are requirements that 95% of students in certain grades take state-mandated tests and meet minimum attendance and graduation benchmarks. Expectations for student performance on the state's math and reading tests also will increase, with the goal that 100% of students at all schools reach proficiency by 2013-'14. Previously, the state did not require that schools meet attendance or graduation goals and before this school year did not have firm consequences for schools that missed state-set academic achievement goals."—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


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