What Congress Is Not Working On

Podcast: Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. gab about NCLB this week, and consider whether the law will be reauthorized by 2014, which is the deadline for all students to achieve proficiency.

High Achieving Kids Need Options, Too

On Friday, Tom Loveless and I published an op-ed in the New York Times that argued that our nation’s highest-achieving students are only making minimal gains in the era of NCLB, while low-achieving students have made huge strides since 2000.

Education Next Forum on the Future of No Child Left Behind: Mend It? Or End It?

Education Scholars Diane Ravitch and John E. Chubb Debate the Pros and Cons of the Controversial Federal Education Policy. Read the full article, The Future of No Child Left Behind, with Diane Ravitch and John E. Chubb

By Education Next    No Child Left Behind, Press  

More Money for Less Accountability?

I don’t think so!

Court Jousters

Plaintiffs exploit weaknesses in NCLB

Accountability Left Behind

U.S. Court of Appeals sides with the NEA, would free districts from NCLB requirements

By Rocco E. Testani and Joshua A. Mayes    Features, No Child Left Behind, Standards, Testing, and Accountability  

The Right Republican Strategy

“By…[selecting] the youths of genius from among the classes of the poor, we hope to avail the State of those talents which nature has sown as liberally among the poor as the rich, but which perish without use if not sought for and cultivated.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1782 “We need to challenge the soft bigotry of […]

The NCLB Restruct-a-tron

Does the law’s great big machine for overhauling schools produce anything worthwhile?

By Education Next    Forum, No Child Left Behind  

The Politics of No Child Left Behind

The scene in January 2002 was a civics text come to life. Flanked by jubilant members of Congress and standing in front of a cheering crowd, President George W. Bush declared the start of a “new era” in American public education with the signing of the No Child Left Behind Act. The new law represented […]

By ANDREW RUDALEVIGE    Features, No Child Left Behind, State and Federal  

Puzzled States

In January 2002, President George W. Bush signed a comprehensive revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Known popularly as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and passed with strong bipartisan support in Congress, this new legislation promises an important shift in efforts at all levels to improve the quality of […]

By GARY W. RITTER & CHRISTOPHER J. LUCAS    Features, No Child Left Behind  

Exploring the Costs of Accountability

No Child Left Behind is no unfunded mandate

Driving Change

A progress report on urban school districts’ efforts to execute the mandates of No Child Left Behind

By MICHAEL CASSERLY    Features, No Child Left Behind  

One Child at a Time

An inside look at one city’s efforts to offer families the opportunities promised by No Child Left Behind

Where Have All the Dollars Gone?

An NCLB lawsuit fizzles

By BRAD BUMSTED    Features, No Child Left Behind  

Inadequate Yearly Progress

As almost everyone knows by now, the central aim of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law is to make every public-school student proficient in reading and math by the year 2014. It is a laudable goal, as the overwhelmingly bipartisan congressional support for the legislation in 2001 proved. The law’s drafters even had the […]

Keeping an Eye on State Standards

A race to the bottom?

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