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NCLB: Is it Working?

July 29, 2008

The Center on Educational Policy has released reports on every state in the United States questioning if student achievement really has improved since 2002 when No Child Left Behind was implemented.

According to their reports from 2004 - 2007 Iowa students in elementary and middle school have made "moderate to large" gains in reading and math. However, Iowa high school students have decreased slightly in reading achievement.

Achievement gaps between African American students in Iowa and white students in Iowa narrowed, as well as the gap between Iowa's Latino and white students. Low-income Iowa students narrowed the gap with other Iowa students in reading and math for elementary and middle school, but in high school it widened.

This report used Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Iowa Tests of Educational Development, and Iowa Alternate Assessment for their data. If you would like to look up the data from Iowa or any other state visit this website.

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