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Document Number: 5717

Meeting Literacy Goals Set by No Child Left Behind: A Long Uphill Road - Using state assessment and National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data, the researchers sought an accurate nationwide picture of studentsí literacy levels. This research brief reports the findings of the study, and suggests that proficiency levels on state assessments vary considerably among states, leading to large differences in outcomes and potentially misleading information for the public on studentsí real levels of reading ability. The conclusion: "It is clear that simply mandating standards and assessments is not going to guarantee success;" greater attention and resources devoted to improving literacy are essential. (RAND, 2004)...

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