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Deputy Secretary of Education Raymond Simon Highlights No Child Left Behind in Denver, Colorado


Deputy Secretary of Education Raymond Simon today met with the Colorado Association of School Boards and participated in an education policy roundtable discussion with superintendents and school board members. He discussed progress toward No Child Left Behind goals in Colorado and across the country.

“No Child Left Behind changed our national conversation on education forever,” Deputy Secretary Simon said. “Instead of questioning whether or not all students can learn, thanks to this law, we’re finally beginning to make sure that every child is learning.”

At the roundtable, Deputy Secretary Simon discussed a new tool recently released by the U.S. Department of Education, Mapping Colorado’s Educational Progress 2008, which provides a comparative look at the state’s key No Child Left Behind indicators.

“Colorado’s educators and administrators deserve a lot of credit for being one of the first states to have their accountability plan approved,” Deputy Secretary Simon said. “Colorado is also one of a handful of states to offer the ACT to every student and is also a leader in increasing the number of students earning high scores on Advanced Placement tests.”

“To help build on this progress, we must make sure that educators have the best ways to chart student progress over time, the flexibility to improve struggling schools and more accurate ways to measure dropout rates,” Deputy Secretary Simon said. “And we must make sure that students who need extra help can access free tutoring.”

To view Mapping Colorado’s Educational Progress 2008, please visit

For Mapping America’s Educational Progress 2008, visit


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