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Document Number: 8073

The Proficiency Illusion - No Child Left Behind (NCLB) allows each state to define proficiency as it sees fit and design its own tests. This study compares state tests to benchmarks laid out by the Northwest Evaluation Association to evaluate proficiency cut scores for assessments in 26 states. The findings suggest that the tests states use to measure academic program and student proficiency under NCLB are creating a false impression of success, especially in reading and especially in the early grades. (John Cronin, Michael Dahlin, Deborah Adkins and Gage Kingsbury, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, October 2007)...

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