The nation's "achievement gap" is narrowing, according to a recent report by the Education Trust, a Washington-based advocacy organization.
In an October news release, the group calls the evidence of a decrease in racial disparities "positive news about the power of the No Child Left Behind Act to get educators focused on closing the achievement gap."
But a number of local and national education experts express doubts that NCLB is having a positive impact on the educational achievement of poor students and students of color.
Item: A child is an above average student in math but fails to score "proficient" on the state standardized test. Yet if the same student had taken the state test in a neighboring state, achieving "proficiency" would have been a cakewalk.
Item: In Florida, only 24 percent of schools statewide met the annual targets for school performance that are now required under federal law in every state. Next door, in Alabama, not renowned for high quality public schools, 95 percent of schools met the state's school performance targets.