Listening to the State of the Union Address, one might have been lulled into thinking that No Child Left Behind is producing some significant results.
Here's what G. W. had to say:
Minority students are closing the achievement gap, and student achievement is rising – more reading progress was made by 9-year-olds in five years than in the previous 28 years combined, and reading and math scores for 9-year-olds and fourth-graders have reached all-time highs.
Here's what the NAEP scores (National Assessment of Educational Progress--from the US Dept. of Education) actually are:
And here is where G. W. supposedly sees the "more reading progress...in five years than in the previous 28 years combined":
Yikes! I suppose I agree - we do need better education in math (in the White House, that is).