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ERIC Number: ED471049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The No Child Left Behind Act: Implications for Local Educators and Advocates for Latino Students, Families, and Communities. Issue Brief.
Gonzalez, Raul
This brief provides an overview of the No Child Left Behind Act and how it may be implemented in states and local communities. The brief discusses what policymakers must do to ensure that this legislation enhances rather than limits opportunities to learn, especially for Latino children. It begins with a short, recent history of the standard-based reform movement in Congress, then discusses challenges in implementing these reforms as they relate to Hispanic students. These challenges include inadequate learning opportunities (e.g., inequitable funding of high-poverty schools, unqualified teachers, ineffective parent involvement strategies, and little access to challenging curricula); inappropriate use of assessments (e.g., test inaccuracy, inappropriate educational treatments, and watered-down curricula). Recommendations for getting standards-based reform right for Hispanic students include promoting equitable resource distribution, aligning curriculum and instruction with standards and assessment, providing a high-quality teacher corps, using tests appropriately, utilizing multiple measures of student performance for making high-stakes decisions, treating special populations fairly, providing a supportive school organization and culture, and promoting active parent and community involvement. (SM)
National Council of La Raza, 1111 19th Street, N.W., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-785-1670; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: AT&T Foundation, New York, NY.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001