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Author(s):Kahlenberg, R
Title:Fixing No Child Left Behind
Organization:The Century Foundation
Short Description:This issue brief lays out the original ideas behind standards-based reform, examines the flawed funding mechanism of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), outlines the flawed systems of standards, testing, and accountability contained in NCLB, discusses the broken promise of the student-transfer provision under NCLB, and concludes with thoughts about the ways in which NCLB's flawed implementation of standards-based reform affirms the fears of standards-based reform opponents: that if NCLB is not fixed it will actually undercut the viability of the public education system.
Annotation:Critics of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act object to three central features of the act: the underfunding of NCLB, the flawed systems of standards, testing, and accountability, and the failure of provisions to enable students to transfer out of failing schools. This issue brief lays out the original ideas behind standards-based reform, examines the flawed funding mechanism of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), outlines the flawed systems of standards, testing, and accountability contained in NCLB, discusses the broken promise of the student-transfer provision under NCLB, and concludes with thoughts about the ways in which NCLB's flawed implementation of standards-based reform affirms the fears of standards-based reform opponents: that if NCLB is not fixed it will actually undercut the viability of the public education system.
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Achievement Gap
Elementary School
High School
Low-Income Students
Middle School
School Reform

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