The Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll on NCLB continues to get a lot of play in the press.
Does the public understand the law? I know I have spoken with quite a few reporters over the last few days who are still trying to grasp its finer points. Getting a handle on NCLB is especially challenging for education reporters who cover school districts in more than one state. Virginia has several media markets that include districts in other states.
Education reporting these days is all about data. I have been amazed during the week since Virginia released its preliminary AYP ratings at the number of newsrooms at newspapers in medium and smaller cities in the state without Excel! These reporters can’t open online or attached spreadsheets or download data.
-Guestblogger Charles Pyle