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Yesterday, Tennessee became the 25th state to have its No Child Left Behind state accountability plan approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Following are excerpts from coverage of the announcements:

"Under the new plan, Tennessee's report card will be beefed up, tests will be tied directly to what is being taught, data tracking the gains students make each year will be used to improve what is happening in the classroom and efforts to close achievement gaps will be boosted and the results will be reported to the public.

"'Like other states, Tennessee is utilizing No Child Left Behind as a tool to complement and build upon the strong educational system already in place,' said Ken Meyer, special assistant to the U.S. Department of Education.

"Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Education Keith Brewer said it's a marriage of the state accountability plan and the new federal expectations.

"Tennessee will also have to report how specific groups of students perform on achievement tests, including special education, economically disadvantaged, students with limited English proficiency and five racial or ethnic groups. They will report that information on the report cards.

"'It disaggregates the data and that's the piece we didn't have. It becomes a diagnostic tool,' Brewer said. 'We now know if we're meeting the needs of all those students.'"

The Tennessean


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