Anything To Avoid An F

Could the No Child Left Behind Act backfire? The get-tough education-reform bill, signed with great fanfare by President Bush eight months ago, mandates annual testing and promises to hold students and schools to a higher standard. But now that the Education Department has released its first list of nearly 9,000 failing schools, some states contend that the standard is too high, and a growing number are taking steps to lower the bar by which students are judged.

Last week Utah announced it was removing some of the more difficult questions from its statewide exams. Ohio recently "refined" its criteria for...

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