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No Child Gets Ahead: Is No Child Left Behind Supposed to Help Everyone, or Only the Disadvantaged?

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace; National Review Online

Author(s): Michael J. Petrilli

Funder(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Funder(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Series: Hoover Digest

Topic: Education (Education policy and planning)

Keywords: Education; No Child Left Behind; Public Schools

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

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?