No Child Gets Ahead: Is No Child Left Behind Supposed to Help Everyone, or Only the Disadvantaged?
Publication Date: January 2008
Author(s): Michael J. Petrilli
Series: Hoover Digest
Keywords: Education; No Child Left Behind; Public Schools
Coverage: United States
No Child Left Behind is putting pressure on teachers to focus on the needs of the worst-performing youngsters. Disadvantaged students' scores have been on the rise since NCLB while the scores of high achievers, though they haven’t fallen, are not much on the rise. The authors ask: How should we define “justice” in America’s public education system?