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ERIC Number: EJ850048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1532-8759
What's Missing from No Child Left Behind? A Policy Analysis from a Social Work Perspective
Lagana-Riordan, Christine; Aguilar, Jemel P.
Children & Schools, v31 n3 p135-144 2009
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) initiated sweeping changes to the U.S. educational system. However, many have argued that NCLB is not accomplishing its stated purposes of improving education for disadvantaged students and closing the achievement gap. This policy analysis sheds light on the social and emotional risk factors that prevent students from succeeding in school but are missing from NCLB and contributing to its lack of effectiveness. Moreover, this article suggests that school social workers can alleviate these barriers to academic success by implementing school-based interventions to address the psychosocial factors that underlie differential achievement in school. School social workers can also advocate for changes in education policy to ensure that vulnerable students are not left behind.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001