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For most education watchers, Connecticut's recent foray into the fight over No Child Left Behind began the moment state Commissioner of Education Betty J. Sternberg sent a letter to Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. That letter asked, in part, that Connecticut receive a waiver to avoid the law's required annual tests.
Generally, the more frequently students change schools for reasons other than grade promotion, the more likely they are to have lower achievement and behavioral problems. They are also more likely to drop out. Research confirms this. So, if we could just convince families to stop moving around so much, we could increase student achievement, right?
Percentage of children who have changed residences within the previous year:
Her child's asthma used to dictate Tonya Randolph's schedule. When Nikea, now in middle school, was younger, Randolph or her husband would be called away from work every few weeks to bring their daughter to the doctor for an emergency nebulizer treatment. The parents lost work hours and Nikea missed class.