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Study says NCLB is increasing dropout rate

There is an interesting new study out from Rice University and the Unversity of Texas-Austin.

Researchers found that the state that was the model for No Child Left Behind -- Texas -- loses about 271,000 students a year. And most of those students are African-American, Latino and students for whom English is a second language.

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The researchers said pressure on principals and teachers to have high pass rates on state tests has led to higher dropout rates.

"High stakes, test-based accountability doesn't lead to school improvement or equitable educational possibilities," said Linda McSpadden McNeil, director of the Center for Education at Rice. "It leads to avoidable losses of students. Inherently the system creates a dilemma for principals: comply or educate."

A full copy of the study is here.

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