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Student Achievement Gains Have Slowed Since NCLB (July, 2007)

New research shows that states were making more progress in raising student test scores in the 1990s than they have since enactment of the federal No Child Left Behind Act in 2002.

The study is reported in the current issue of Education Researcher, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the prestigious American Educational Research Association.

AERA said the researchers pushed beyond earlier studies by tracking progress in both state and federal test scores in 12 diverse states, going back to 1992 in many cases. This approach captured the generally positive effects of maturing state-led accountability programs in both reading and math, gauged by state officials and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Read more.