Navigating No Child Left Behind Posted By: Liz Goodrich Date Posted: 9/28/2004 Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome Caldera Research, LLC, on Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Admin Conference Room at 507 NW Wall for a program title “Navigating No Child Left Behind.” This program is free and open to the public. Husband and wife team, Naomi and Victor Chudowsky founded Caldera Research, LLC, in 2003 and have been providing research and analysis to national decision makers regarding education policy. With broad expertise and varied professional experiences, the Chudowsky’s are leaders in their field. Their specific areas of study include standardized testing and the recent No Child Left Behind law. They are currently working on research projects for the National Academy of Sciences, and are helping to conduct the most comprehensive study of the No Child Left Behind law for the Center on Education Policy. According to Chudowsky, the No Child Left Behind law is one of the largest expansions of power by the federal government in the area of education, and one of the most far-reaching educational reforms ever. He states that the objectives of the law are bold - “all children will become proficient in reading, mathematics and science by the year 2014.” While the federal government has increased its role, states and local school districts are expected to assume new responsibilities and most of the related costs. “States are going to test more students, retrain teachers, hire more tutors, try to close achievement gaps, and even close some schools,” says Chudowsky. So what does the No Child Left Behind law mean to parents and the Bend/LaPine school district? Chudowsky says that parents can expect their children to be taking more tests and that the result of those tests will increase in significance as the law is implemented. “The law increases federal involvement in public schools – more testing, more pressure and more public scrutiny,” and the district will feel the pinch says Chudowsky. “Schools that don’t show yearly improvement will be subject to increasing corrective actions.” For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.