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Taking Baby Steps to Meet NCLB Requirements

State Proficiency Standards Vary

According to the authors of "The Proficiency Illusion," a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), those who care about strengthening U.S. K12 education "should be furious."

New Law Limits Out-Of-School Suspensions

In an effort to keep more of the most troubled students in school, the Connecticut General Assembly recently approved a law that would limit the ability of administrators to suspend students from school for infractions.

In June, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the cases Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education that race may not be used as a criterion for desegregating schools. Experts fear that the decisions will make long-established busing programs, magnet schools, charter schools and other initiatives aimed at increasing student diversity and educational opportunity unconstitutional.

As NCLB Reauthorization Looms,Many Debate the Logistics

SES Effectiveness Is a Matter of Debate

Two reports recently released on the successfulness of the Supplemental Educational Services options under the No Child Left Behind law-one by the Education Industry Association and the other by the Center on Education Policy-offer differing viewpoints on the effectiveness of the program.