June 9, 2003, Extra Credit
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Sen. Hutchison Calls Texas' No Child Left Behind Accountability Plan "A Blueprint to Ensure Our Children Will Get a Quality Education"
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education approved the No Child Left Behind state accountability plan of Texas. Following are excerpts from coverage of the announcement:

"'This accountability plan is a blueprint to ensure our children will get a quality education,' said U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas. 'I am proud of Texas and know our educators will work hard to close the gap between disadvantaged and successful students. Our commitment to reform means Texas children win.'" — The Associated Press

"Acceptable passing rates will increase annually, and the law sets a goal of 100 percent academic proficiency for all students in 12 years. Texas also has its own accountability system based on test scores and other factors. But performance ratings were suspended this year because of implementation of the new TAKS testing program in grades three to 11. Campuses [will be] evaluated under both the federal and state standards next year." — The Dallas Morning News

"Approval of the plan was announced by federal officials and state Education Commissioner Felipe Alanis one week after results for the new Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills were released. Scores on the TAKS will be used to grade the performance of Texas schools under accountability criteria set out in the federal law. 'Texas has worked hard to align its state assessment system with the accountability requirements of No Child Left Behind,' U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige said in a statement approving the proposal." — The Dallas Morning News


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