Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Author(s): Diane Ravitch
Research Area: Education
Keywords: Education; No Child Left Behind; Public Education
Coverage: United States
The No Child Left Behind Act is fundamentally flawed. The main goal of the lawâ€”that all children in the United States be proficient in reading and mathematics by 2014â€”is simply unattainable. The primary strategyâ€”to test all children in those subjects in grades three through eight every yearâ€”has unleashed an unhealthy obsession with standardized testing that has reduced the time available for teaching other important subjects. We need to let the states improve the performance of our students.
This essay appeared in the New York Times on October 3, 2007.