No Child Left Behind seems to have the opposite problem of Oregon’s state report cards… The new federal report suggests that nearly every high school in this state – and most of them around the country – is below average.

The one-third of Oregon schools that did not meet the federal standards are not “failing” schools in the common definition of a shattered school utterly failing to prepare students. Instead, these schools are still troubled by a stubborn achievement gap between rich and poor children, and between whites and ethnic minority students.


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