Within Our Reach: How America Can Educate Every Child

Overview

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is bolder than all previous federal education laws, setting ambitious goals for universal student achievement and authorizing severe remedies for schools not reaching them. In a nation where most youngsters are far from proficient in reading and mathematics and where innumerable efforts to boost learning levels have fallen short, NCLB makes a huge policy wager: that failing schools and school districts can be set right and that all children can master reading and math. After ...
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Overview

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is bolder than all previous federal education laws, setting ambitious goals for universal student achievement and authorizing severe remedies for schools not reaching them. In a nation where most youngsters are far from proficient in reading and mathematics and where innumerable efforts to boost learning levels have fallen short, NCLB makes a huge policy wager: that failing schools and school districts can be set right and that all children can master reading and math. After three years, it’s clear that NCLB is breaking plenty of education china—if not a new education path. Today, however, it seems the law’s implementation will fall far short of its potential. NCLB includes a series of compromises and accepts a number of constraints that will prevent it from really working. Commonsense modifications are needed. Yet the most-needed changes are not the ones being bandied about in policy circles or offered up by interest groups on Capitol Hill. In their new book, Within Our Reach: How America Can Educate Every Child , the members of the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education undertake this crucial repair work. The book presents a mid-term assessment of NCLB that closely examines its core elements and offers recommendations for practical reforms to save the law and strengthen some of its key principles—high standards, results-based accountability, parental options, and research-based practices.
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A fascinating study into the brave new world of free-market education in the land of the free market.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742548879
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

John E. Chubb is distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the chief education officer and one of the founders of Edison Schools, a private manager of public schools, including many charter schools. Edison Schools today operate 130 schools in 19 states, with approximately 70,000 students. Chubb is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the coauthor of A Lesson in School Reform from Great Britain, and the author of Politics, Markets, and America's Schools.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Prologue Chapter 2 Executive Summary Chapter 3 1. Saving No Child Left Behind Chapter 4 2. A Historical Perspective on a Historic Piece of Legislation Chapter 5 3. Standards, Testing, and Accountability Chapter 6 4. Adequate Yearly Progress: Refining the Heart of the No Child Left Behind Act Chapter 7 5. Impacts and Implications of State Accountability Systems Chapter 8 6. Fixing Failing Schools in California Chapter 10 7. A Conflict of Interest: District Regulation of School Choice and Supplemental Services Chapter 11 8. A Highly Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom
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