ERIC Number: ED483841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul-6
No Child Left Behind: Where Do We Go from Here? Backgrounder No. 1775
This publication raises several points of discussion concerning the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and its future. Two years after its enactment, NCLB implementation proceeds by trial and error. Its ultimate success or failure remains unclear. Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and teacher quality requirements are not always compatible with existing state systems. These difficulties call into question the efficacy of establishing a federal standard to govern 93,000 public schools. Congress missed the opportunity to enact significant programmatic flexibility for states. Some districts have not given students in underperforming schools adequate access to better performing schools or tutoring, frustrating parents and threatening to stall the only market-driven engine in the act. The report asserts Congress should resist special interest demands for more funding, ensure effective implementation of parental choice and tutoring options, and enact greater flexibility in the next reauthorization. Sections in the report include: (1) Where We Have Been; (2) The Making of the NCLB Act; (3) The Hard Part: Implementation; (4) Second Thoughts; and (5) Some Next Steps.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Academic Standards, Academic Achievement, Accountability, State Standards, Student Evaluation, School Choice
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.