ERIC Number: EJ767469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-20
Reference Count: N/A
Turnarounds Central Issue under NCLB
Hoff, David J.
Education Week, v26 n42 p1, 32-33 Jun 2007
For all the debate over the effectiveness of the No Child Left Behind Act, researchers and policymakers say that, despite the law's flaws, it has successfully identified 1,200 public schools that need help, some of them desperately so. Now the question is: How can the federal law be changed to make sure such schools get that help? As Congress works to reauthorize the 5-year-old education law, researchers and interest groups have put out lists of policy proposals that would expand state officials' tool kits for intervening in struggling schools, including expanding school choice under the law, pouring extra money into the troubled schools, and finding ways to differentiate interventions depending on schools' needs. In the early stages of the reauthorization debate, prescriptions for turning around struggling schools have taken a back seat, though, to issues such as whether to adopt national standards and how to measure students' academic growth. However, many advocates say that turning around poorly performing schools is the most important matter facing Congress. Current intervention requirements and proposed fixes are described.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Intervention, School Choice, Disadvantaged Schools, School Restructuring, Politics of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001