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ERIC Number: EJ703142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education: The Will Is the Way for Schools where Failure Is Not an Option
Blankstein, Alan; Noguera, Pedro
School Administrator, v61 n5 p31 May 2004
The pressure is on. For the first time in the nation's history, schools are being required to produce measurable evidence that all students are learning, and they are being asked to do so amidst fiscal crises at the state and local levels. While several legitimate criticisms have been made about No Child Left Behind and its unfunded mandates, few can argue that it does not serve as a robust lever for change. The demand that schools ensure that all students make adequate progress challenges even the most successful schools for many reasons, not the least of which is that educators never have been expected to do this before. Some do not even believe it is possible; others do not know where to begin; and still others know more than they have the courage to act upon. In this article, the authors discuss the importance of teachers setting high standards and expectations for their students. They also stress the importance of following up on goals they have set to make sure their students are on the right track.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001