Lift kids out of poverty before expecting higher test scores

To the editor: The No Child Left Behind law gets undeserved credit for making schools pay attention to students living in poverty. ("Finding the sweet spot of reason in evaluating schools and teachers," editorial, Nov. 27)

Experienced educators have always been aware of the effects of poverty and know which schools and students are the most impacted. Also, educational research has confirmed the negative effects of poverty on learning for decades.

Recommending more precise measurements to identify needy schools is like recommending that fire...