A new national study by the non-partisan Center on Education Policy projects a sharp increase in the number of schools failing to meet academic standards under the federal No Child Left Behind law.
This year marks the half-way point to President Bushâ€™s ambitious 2014 deadline when allÂ students in the U.S. are expected meet the target of 100%Â academic proficiency.Â Half the states have set steady annual goals â€“ and CT is among that group.. But other states started modestlyÂ are about to face what Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy describes as the academic equivalent of a mortgage payment ballooning beyond an ability to pay.
"If we as a country set a goal that we want to put a man on the moon as we did in 1961, we had to concentrate an enormous effort to achieve that goal.Â What weâ€™ve done with NCLB is set a goal that we want all students to be proficient by a certain year, but we have not mobilized the resources or the attention as a nation to achieve that goal."
The law was to be renewed this year. But Congress has not taken action on No Child Left Behind and is not expected to do so in the immediate future. JenningsÂ says though Connecticut schools are doingÂ relatively well, the state is still not achieving proficiency levels for all students