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ERIC Number: ED537899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-16
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Key Reforms under the No Child Left Behind Act--The Civil Rights Perspective: Research-Based Recommendations to Improve NCLB
Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity
Whatever else might be said about the No Child Left Behind Act, it has the potential to be one of the most important pieces of education civil rights legislation in a generation. Its goals are an indispensable component of a renewed commitment to promoting racial and ethnic justice. The emphasis on accountability gives essential urgency and attention to the shameful achievement gaps of poor and minority students and students with limited English proficiency and disabilities. For NCLB to achieve its ultimate promise, serious, thoughtful changes are needed that: (1) maintain NCLB's focus on the most disadvantaged students, and especially the narrowing of achievement and attainment disparities; (2) capitalize on the momentum NCLB has generated at all levels around systemic reform and effective interventions; and (3) carefully and constructively improve the law by building on its strengths, reducing its weaknesses, and trying to address several problems created as a result of its implementation rather than the law itself. However, according to the research presented here and elsewhere, it has become clear that NCLB "as implemented" does not always lead to accurate assessments of student learning and has not always led to the kind of rich and enduring learning gains that parents expect for their children. Civil rights and education advocates now confront a difficult challenge: how to amend NCLB to allow the flexibility and support necessary to foster creativity and excellence, without returning so far back to the past that minority student underachievement is once again ignored or hidden. Drawing on extensive research on NCLB, this paper offers recommendations which reflect an attempt to achieve this kind of constructive change. They do not encompass all desirable amendments, but are limited to research-based recommendations flowing from the Warren Institute's recent work. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity. Available from: Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy. University of California Berkeley School of Law, 2850 Telegraph Avenue Suite 500, Berkeley, CA 94705. Tel: 510-642-8568; Fax: 510-643-7095; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Berkeley, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001