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Detroit News Denounces NCLB

Cost of Tests Will Hurt Local Schools

No Child Left Behind Act requirements way too expensive

By The Detroit News

One more reason to reject the federal government's widening intrusion into local education: The cost to taxpayers to test every student, as required by President George W. Bush's "No Child Left Behind Act," is pegged at between $1.9 billion and $5.3 billion a year, according to the General Accounting Office.

The act requires testing of students in grades three though eight in math and reading annually by 2005-06, and at least once during high school. A science test is mandated at least once in elementary, middle and high school by 2007-08.

The report says if all states use multiple-choice tests only, the cost would be the low estimate of $1.9 billion. That's less than the $2.34 billion Congress must provide for testing under existing law. But if states decide different tests are needed to gauge school performance, the cost balloons.

The added expense would be shouldered by the states and local school districts, which are already breaking under the weight of federal requirements.

Education, above all else, should be a local concern. States and local school districts are perfectly capable of determining how to measure the success of schools. The federal government should get out of local education and take its expensive testing mandates with it.

— Editorial
Cost of Tests Will Hurt Local Schools
Detroit News
May 11, 2003


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