Teacher: Emphasis on tests overlooks important achievements

04/19/2009 | Washington Post, The

Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews writes about a teacher who says that No Child Left Behind puts too much emphasis on passing or failing, and ignores important achievements made in schools each day. Mathews quotes English teacher Sarah Fine as writing in an education magazine that such achievements occur "when a teacher energizes a reluctant reader to tackle a novel, when a struggling math student starts coming after school for tutoring, when an administrator finally gets a troublemaker to reflect on her actions."

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