Obama Frees 10 States From “No Child” Education-Testing Rules

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Obama Frees 10 States From “No Child” Education-Testing Rules
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February 09, 2012, 5:19 PM EST

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By Roger Runningen and John Hechinger

Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama freed 10 states from provisions of the No Child Left Behind education- testing law after they proposed alternative ways to hold schools accountable for student achievement.

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Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say
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WASHINGTON — Education was historically considered a great equalizer in American society, capable of lifting less advantaged children and improving their chances for success as adults. But a body of recently published scholarship suggests that the achievement gap between rich and poor children is widening, a development that threatens to dilute education’s leveling effects.

It is a well-known fact that children from affluent families tend to do better in school. Yet the income divide has received far less attention from policy makers and government officials than gaps in student accomplishment by race.

Now, in analyses of long-term data published in recent months, researchers are finding that while the achievement gap between white and black students has narrowed significantly over the past few decades, the gap between rich and poor students has grown substantially during the same period.

“We have moved from a society in the 1950s and 1960s, in which race was more consequential than family income, to one today in which family income appears more determinative of educational success than race,” said Sean F. Reardon, a Stanford University sociologist. Professor Reardon is the author of

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