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Inside The Law

Achievement Gains Offset By Stress and Reducing Course Time

Tests Reveal American Schools Have Long Way to Go

Tutoring Concerns Lurk

Only about 12 percent of American students eligible for Supplemental Educational Services under the No Child Left Behind law are actually receiving the services. SES gives low-income parents real options to get free tutoring for their children.

While the 2004-05 school year numbers are unavailable, the U.S. Department of Education says that in 2003-04 year, 226,000 students received tutoring and 32,000 students transferred to other schools.

NAACP Fights Connecticut's Lawsuit

Making clear that the Connecticut NAACP is not endorsing the No Child Left Behind law, President Scot X. Esdaile says the NAACP state chapter is choosing to side with the U.S. Department in Education while the state fights to have their lawsuit from being dismissed.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is fighting a court's decision last December to dismiss the state's lawsuit. Blumenthal says the law is an unfunded mandate and unfairly costs the state and local taxpayers millions of dollars.

New Science Targets Fall In Nearly Half the Union

Nearly half of the states in the U.S. fail or nearly fail when it comes to teaching statewide academic standards in science for primary and secondary grades.

Ten States Allowed to Use Growth Models to Calculate AYP

In November, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced a pilot program to let up to 10 states use growth models to determine Adequate Yearly Progress. Many states and lobbyists have requested this approach.

Four States Collaborate to Improve Middle School Test Scores

The Ohio Board of Regents is spearheading a $15 million, five-year project to improve middle school reading and math scores. Called the Middle School Achievement through Technology-Rich Interventions, the project brings together partners in Ohio, California, Kansas and New Mexico to develop games, activities and learning resources for iPods, PDAs, video cameras and other mobile technologies.