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August 26, 2009

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND . . .UNTIL THEY TAKE THE SAT


Progressive Review - Since No Child Left Behind was enacted, national SAT scores have stayed virtually the same. In fact, reading scores are three points below where they were in 2002 and math scores are down one point. As the Wall Street Journal notes: "Critics of No Child Left Behind, including parents and teachers' unions, have noted that much-touted gains on state tests often aren't mirrored on national exams, such as the SAT. . . 'You can't look at these results and say that NCLB has been an enormous success,' says Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a nonpartisan research organization in Washington."

And that's understating it, given the massive waste of dollars and classroom times that have been spent subsidizing the school test industry and generally interfering in local education. In DC - where the Washington Post (which owes nearly half its business to its testing subsidiary) has been boosting the faux reforms of school control freak Michele Rhee, SAT scores actually declined by six point over the past year.

The SAT scores provide more evidence of the grand fraud of federal interference in local public education launched by George Bush and being boosted by Barack Obama.

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