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[Susan notes: Lisa points out that the Standaristo Globe didn't represent the facts accurately. She cites chapter and verse from state ed's own press release to make her point.]

Submitted to Boston Globe but not published
12/05/2003

To the editor



State education officials have put an incredibly positive spin on how Massachusetts schools have been rated under No Child Left Behind, claiming 94 percent of districts are on target. The alarming truth, however, is that the vast majority of school districts are headed for

sanctions under the federal law ("School ratings raise concern for Hispanics," Dec. 5, Page A1). Buried in a Department of Education press

release, and not included in the Globe report, is the fact that just 27 percent of districts and 53 percent of schools statewide achieved

"adequate yearly progress" targets for all student subgroups in 2003.



The impression given by the Globe is that NCLB has simply highlighted the struggles of Hispanic students and other disadvantaged groups to

perform on the MCAS. But the reality is that, under NCLB, Massachusetts public schools will be sanctioned if any student subgroup does not make

enough progress in MCAS scores for two years. This should matter to parents of all public schoolchildren because schools nationwide are

responding to the pressures of NCLB by pushing out low-scoring students and emphasizing test preparation over more in-depth learning. This will

have devastating consequences for education in the Commonwealth.







Lisa Guisbond


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