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ERIC Number: ED535875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Left in the Margins: Asian American Students and the No Child Left Behind Act
Redondo, Brian
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a federal education law that was passed in 2001 with the laudable but challenging goal of closing the achievement gap between minority and white students and improving academic achievement among all students. To that end, NCLB has held states, school districts, and individual schools to impossibly high standards of accountability for the academic performance of their students. The law requires that students are regularly assessed in reading and math, often in the form of standardized testing, and that their performance on these assessments be used as a measure of the school's educational quality. NCLB expired in 2007 and is up for reauthorization. In the past year, Congress has rigorously examined the law during a lengthy reauthorization attempt that has not yielded progress. Narrowing curriculums and a virtually unchanged achievement gap show that the ambitious law has serious flaws. Some argue for fundamental changes, others prefer reworking current provisions, and still others would rather scrap the law altogether and start anew. As a result, reauthorization in 2008 seems unlikely. As Congress fails to make any real progress, students, teachers, and parents across the country are left to suffer under the current law. Congress must either pass other effective education legislation or truly commit to resolving the fate of NCLB this year. Otherwise, they will fail our country's young people. (Contains 18 figures and 71 endnotes.) [This paper was written with the assistance of Khin Mai Aung and Margaret Fung.]
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. 99 Hudson Street 12th Floor, New York, NY 10013. Tel: 212-966-5932; Fax: 212-966-4303; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation
Authoring Institution: Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001