Superintendent: Accountability changes could close achievement gap

Despite its flaws, the No Child Left Behind Act has shown that many children were being left behind -- particularly minorities, those from low-income families and children with disabilities, writes John R. Porter Jr., the superintendent of California's Franklin-McKinley district. Porter argues in this opinion article that to close the achievement gap, testing required by NCLB should measure student performance on an individual, rather than group, level and be more reflective of learning and teaching methods.

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