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Thompson: Draw a Line in the Sand with Chronically Absent Students

Would anyone in his right mind have supported NCLB without its provision allowing the exclusion of chronically absent students from school level accountability reports? If schools had not been allowed to exclude the test scores of students who missed 20% or more of class while trying to meet their growth targets, would there be a single high-poverty school in America that had not been labeled as a failure? Of course, some supported NCLB because it would produce an endless series of headlines about failing schools.
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