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Fixing No Child Left Behind

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Publication Date: September 2008

Publisher(s): Century Foundation

Author(s): Richard D. Kahlenberg

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: Education (Education policy and planning)

Keywords: Presidential transition; No Child Left Behind; Education reform

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was passed in 2001 with broad bipartisan support, but in the years since its enactment it has come under sharp attack from many quarters. The controversial legislation, which requires states receiving federal funding to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and to hold schools accountable for making adequate yearly progress in raising student achievement, is now widely acknowledged to need a major overhaul when it is reauthorized. Richard D. Kahlenberg explores these issues.