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Rod Paige sticks up for standards at NSBA Technology Conference. (News connection: up-to-date and usable education information from schools, government, business, research and professional organizations).

Secretary of Education Rod Paige fielded questions on standards, the digital divide and the pending Elementary and Secondary Education Act at the annual meeting of the National School Boards Association, held Nov. 7-10 in Atlanta. With NSBA Executive Director Anne Bryant firing off her own questions, and asking submitted questions from the audience, Paige covered the most pressing topics.

Many educators were concerned about testing. Paige hammered home the Bush Administration's emphasis on accountability and the need to measure the performance of every student in every school system. This is part of the administration's message that no child be left behind, he said. One educator complained that we are becoming a nation of test takers and not learners. Paige didn't agree, saying tests need to be kept in context. Educators have to focus on the reasons tasks are measured, he said.

The administration does not advocate a national curriculum. "Education is owned by the states. The federal role is a limited role," he said, reminding the audience that federal money accounts for only 7 percent of educational funds. Given that he was addressing a crowd of educators who use technology for learning, it isn't surprising that Paige emphasized the importance of computer use and Internet access in schools. He urged administrators to embrace technology. Setting an example is one step in narrowing the digital divide. He made it clear, though, that more federal funds for technology are not the answer. Instead, educators should use the resources they already have and make sure all students have access to them.

As for the pending Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which has been stalled in the legislature since Sept. 11, Paige predicted that the bill would be out of committee and signed by President Bush this month.

Paige promised continued funding for Title 1 programs, which are designed to assist students from low-income households.

He also supported more funding for special education, although he said that this area needs more study. K-3 reading instruction must be improved so that students are not mistakenly classified as learning disabled, he said.

Jean Marie Angelo Up-to-date and usable education information from schools, government, business, research and professional organizations
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Title Annotation:student testing advocated, use of internet advocated
Author:Angelo, Jean Marie
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Date:Dec 1, 2001
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