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A Pervasive Dismay on a Bush School Law

March 19, 2003
AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Michael Winerip
The New York Times

Michael Sentance, the Department of Education’s Northeast representative, sat before Vermont’s joint House-Senate committee on education not long ago, defending the No Child Left Behind Act, and sustained two hours of hammering by Republicans and Democrats alike. How do you defend a law that is likely to result in 85 percent of public schools in America being labeled failing — based on a single test score?