COUNCIL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS REPORT -- (House of Representatives - March 23, 2004)
(Mrs. BIGGERT asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Mrs. BIGGERT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to highlight a report recently issued by the Council of Great City Schools that showed solid improvement in test scores among the most disadvantaged students. Fourth graders scored an impressive 4.9 points higher in reading and 6.8 points higher in math than in previous years. Eighth grade reading and math scores increased by 1.1 and 3 points respectively.
No Child Left Behind is working. Before the act, many of these disadvantaged children might have been allowed to slip through the cracks. Now schools are accountable; no one can slip behind.
These successes and others like it are due to massive increases in education funding and an additional $1 billion in title 1 money in fiscal year 2004, and we hope another $1 billion increase this year.
Congratulations to these students and their teachers who demonstrate that with the increased accountability and funding under No Child Left Behind, every child can succeed.