In an Oct. 9 article for the New York Times, Richard Rothstein argues that the country has been so focused on raising standards and improving test scores that it has ignored a 4 percent increase in the high school dropout rate from 26 percent in 1990 to 30 percent in 2000.
According to the data from the 1998 National Assessment of Educational Progress, 26 percent of eighth graders and 23 percent of twelfth graders do not have even partial mastery of the fundamental reading skills expected at their grade levels.
U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ESTIMATES 8,600 SCHOOLS NEED IMPROVEMENT: 3.5 Million Students Would be Left Behind ArticleJuly 15, 2002
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige recently estimated that 8,600 schools, serving as many as 3.5 million students, would fail to meet adequate yearly progress goals under the No Child Left Behind Act.
In a new report, Implementing Title I Standards, Assessments and Accountability: Lessons from the Past, Challenges for the Future, Michael Cohen uses the experience of implementing the requirements of the previous reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act from 1994 to "shed light on the challenges and opportunities and choices facing federal and state officials" in implementing the No Child Left Behind Act.