Will Obama's replacement for AYP be an improvement?

02/2/2010 | Washington Post, The

Educators are likely to support President Barack Obama's plans to scrap Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks under No Child Left Behind, but it is unclear what will replace it. Obama has said his plan will reward teachers and schools that demonstrate student progress and preparation for college or careers, not just those that reach proficiency standards on reading and math tests. "What that says is, 'Let's focus on the student and not some arbitrary, high-stakes test score,' " said Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the National Education Association.

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