Schools Lower Academic Standards to Qualify for Federal Funds

Randi Kaye | 11/02/09

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So let me get this straight!

Schools across the country are lowering standards - actually dumbing down lesson plans - to avoid sanctions under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

That act was President George W. Bush's signature education reform. It mandates that every child in school must be "proficient" in reading and math by 2014 and schools that fall short are subject to sanctions.

Now a new federal study shows that nearly a third of the states lowered academic standards in recent years. Fifteen states in all lowered proficiency standards in fourth and eighth-grade reading or math from 2005 to 2007. Three states - Maine, Oklahoma, and Wyoming - lowered standards in both subjects at both grade levels. Yikes!

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