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ERIC Number: ED529804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Failing Our Children. How "No Child Left Behind" Undermines Quality and Equity in Education. An Accountability Model That Supports School Improvement. Summary Report
Neill, Monty; Guisbond, Lisa; Schaeffer, Bob
National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)
"No Child Left Behind" (NCLB), the title of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, describes a worthy goal for this nation. Tragically, NCLB is aggravating, not solving, the real problems that cause many children to be left behind. NCLB must be overhauled if the federal government is to make a useful contribution to enhancing the quality of education received by low-income and minority group students. Prior reports and articles on NCLB have exposed a host of problems. Most of these studies have focused on the effects of NCLB. A few have sought to expose the law's conceptual and structural flaws. Some have proposed modest changes, but only minor regulatory revisions have been adopted. None of these studies have proposed a comprehensive, alternative approach to the federal role in improving public schools for students in poverty. This report details the fundamental errors in the conception and execution of NCLB. Beyond that, it proposes a better system of accountability to serve as the basis for a comprehensive overhaul of NCLB. [This paper was written with James Madden and Life Legeros. For the full report, "Failing Our Children. How "No Child Left Behind" Undermines Quality and Equity in Education. An Accountability Model That Supports School Improvement," see ED529802.]
National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest). P.O. Box 300204, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Tel: 617-477-9792; Web site: http://www.fairtest.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001