Test-score gains in 12 studied U.S. states have slowed, and progress in closing racial achievement gaps in reading has effectively ground to a halt since the enactment of NCLB, according to a new study, published in the July issue of Educational Researcher, a peer-reviewed journal. "Over the past four years, 'No Child' proponents have made very strong claims that this reform is raising student achievement," said lead study author Bruce Fuller, a University of California - Berkeley professor of education and public policy. "In fact, after NCLB, earlier progress made by the states actually petered out."

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