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NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND UPDATE, December 18, 2007
Department of Education Expands Growth Model Pilot
The Department of Education has announced that the growth-based accountability model, which first piloted in Tennessee and North Carolina in 2005, would be open to all eligible states.
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced that she is opening the growth model pilot to all eligible states saying, "our work on reauthorization has shown broad bipartisan support for growth models and now, many states have improved data systems so they can track individual student growth over time."
"A growth model is a way for states that are raising achievement and following the bright-line principles of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to strengthen accountability," Secretary Spellings said. "I believe that extending the growth model pilot for the 2007-2008 school year will promote two important goals. It will allow states another effective way of measuring adequate yearly progress (AYP) by measuring individual student growth over time, and it will continue to expand the flexibility available to states under No Child Left Behind."
The growth model pilot was established by Secretary Spellings in November 2005 and was included in the President's NCLB reauthorization blueprint earlier this year. Nine states currently have approved growth model proposals: North Carolina, Tennessee, Delaware, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Alaska and Arizona.
Read the full press release on the Department of Education Web site >>
Teacher qualifications improve in the past decade
Beginning teachers have better academic credentials than their predecessors did a decade ago, suggesting that tougher requirements at all levels — from the federal government to the local teacher's college — have forced teachers' colleges to improve offerings while luring more qualified candidates into teaching.
Read more in USA Today >>
More high schools students taking advanced exams
The Washington Post's annual Challenge Index survey found that the number of college-level exams, the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams, taken in D.C. public high schools has nearly doubled since 2005.
Read more in the Washington Post >>
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