States Omitting Minorities' Test Scores

Laquanya Agnew and Victoria Duncan share a desk, a love of reading and a passion for learning. But because of a loophole in the No Child Left Behind Act, one second-grader's score in Tennessee counts more than the other's. That is because Laquanya is black, and Victoria is white....

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Spellings to Examine 'No Child' Loophole

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Education Secretary Margaret Spellings says her agency must do more to make sure huge numbers of minority students are not excluded under the No Child Left Behind law. But she rejects any state complaint that the law is hurting school integration....

For Contractors, Education Law Means Money
Lew and Sharon Goldfarb went looking for a way to make some extra cash and help kids learn, too. They found both in President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act....

Poll: Parents Confident About 'No Child'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Setting high expectations for students has become such a priority that Congress passed a law about it. Now schools must make sure all children succeed in math and reading, no matter what their language barrier or level of poverty or support at home....

Quotes: Views About Standardized Testing
Some parents and teachers discuss their expectations for schools meeting state math and reading standards by 2013-14, as set by the No Child Left Behind law. These parents and teachers were among those in the AP-AOL Learning Services poll....

Method: AP-AOL Poll of Parents, Teachers
The AP-AOL Learning Services poll on public attitudes of 1,085 parents and 810 teachers about standardized testing and student expectations was conducted online Jan. 13-23 by Knowledge Networks. Members of the Knowledge Networks Internet panel were recruited by telephone polling methods, and panelists who were not online were provided with Internet access....

Details: AP Poll of Parents and Teachers
Demographics and details of the AP-AOL Learning Services poll of parents and teachers about standardized testing and schools meeting deadlines set by the No Child Left Behind law....

AP: 'No Child' Law Raises Segregation Fear
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Betty Sternberg is in charge of two school systems. One, scattered throughout the state, is rich and white. The other, isolated in seven large towns, is poor and minority....

Congress Leaders to Probe No Child Scoring
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional leaders and a former Bush Cabinet member said Tuesday that schools should stop excluding large numbers of minority students' test scores when they report progress under the No Child Left Behind law....

How AP Analyzed School Test Scores
The Associated Press used school enrollment figures and state compliance plans from the U.S. Education Department to estimate the number of students nationwide whose test scores aren't being counted in required racial categories under the No Child Left Behind law....

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