June 18, 2007
The Business Coalition for Student Achievement – representing a diverse coalition of business leaders from every sector of the economy – strongly urges Congress to reauthorize and strengthen the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act this year. The Coalition believes that improving the performance of the K-12 education system in the United States is necessary to provide a strong foundation for both U.S. competitiveness and for individuals to succeed in our rapidly changing world.
The Center for Education Policy, a national nonprofit policy group, released last week a comprehensive report titled, Answering the Question that Matters Most: Has Student Achievement Increased Since No Child Left Behind?
And the answer is Yes!
The report showed that the nation's students performed significantly better on state reading and math tests since the passage of NCLB five years ago. It also noted that the achievement gap between black and white students is shrinking in many states and that the pace of student gains increased after the law was enacted.
These encouraging results reflect the hard work that educators and students put into improving reading and math achievement since NCLB. Now is not the time to turn back the clock.
Please urge members of Congress to reauthorize NCLB this year in order to continue to strengthen the law. For more information, or to view the full report, click here
June 11, 2007-The Virginian Pilot-“Scores prove NCLB success”
June 11, 2007- The Washington Post-“Measurable Progress in School; No Child Left Behind is helping. The next step will take courage”
June 10, 2007,- Chattanooga Times Free Press –“College head supports accountability, questions measurement”
June 6, 2007-Washington Post-“Scores Up Since 'No Child' Was Signed; Study's Authors Unsure Whether to Credit Law for Gains”
June 6, 2007-Department of Education-“Statement by Secretary Spellings on the Center for Education Policy's Report on Student Achievement Under No Child Left Behind”
June 5, 2007-Associated Press-“Student achievement on state reading and math tests up since NCLB, report says”
June 4, 2007-Investors Business Daily -“The Singular Vision Of George W. Bush”
For more information, visit biz4achievement.org