Editorial: National standards needed for true accountability

11/26/2007 | NYTimes.com

Rather than encouraging states to improve struggling schools, NCLB accountability measures have mostly resulted in some states gaming the system by creating weak tests, setting low passing standards or simplifying tests each year to give the appearance of annual growth, according to The New York Times editorial board. The editorial board recommends the administration of "a rigorous national test keyed to national standards" to accurately portray the true state of U.S. schools.

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