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NCLB is the signal domestic policy initiative of the Bush administration and the most ambitious piece of federal education legislation in at least thirty-five years. Mandating a testing regime to force schools to continually improve student performance, it uses school choice and additional learning resources as sticks and carrots intended to improve low-performing schools and districts. The focus is on improving alternatives to children in low-performing schools.
Here top experts evaluate the potential and the problems of NCLB in its initial stages of implementation. This first look provides valuable insights, offering lessons crucial to understanding this dramatic change in American education.
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Table of Contents
IntroductionFrederick M. Hess and Chester E. Finn, Jr.
• Public School Choice: An OverviewRichard Lee Colvin
• The Invisible Hand of No Child Left BehindSiobhan Gorman
• Can NCLB Increase Options for Low Income Students? Evidence from Across the StatesRobert Maranto
• Florida's Implementation of the NCLB Choice Provisions: Confusions, Constraints, and Cascading ScenariosJane Hannaway
• No Child Left Behind in Colorado: Layered Reforms and Challenges of ScaleAlex Medler
• False Start in MichiganDavid Plank and Christopher Dunbar Jr.
• Fumbling for an Exit Key: Parents, Choice, and the Future of No Child Left BehindWilliam Howell (survey)
• No Child Left Behind: A Status Report on Choice and Supplemental Services in America's Great City SchoolsMichael Casserly
• Do Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth? The Implementation of No Child Left Behind in San DiegoJulian Betts and Anne Danenberg
• Thunderous Clouds, No Rain: NCLB in Worcester, MassachusettsWilliam Howell (Worcester)
• Montgomery County Public Schools and No Child Left Behind: A Tale of Implementing School ChoiceDoug Reed
• ConclusionFrederick M. Hess and Chester E. Finn, Jr.