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The No Child Left Behind Act

Everyone would like to see "no child left behind." But NCLB is a "test and punish" law, not a school improvement plan. It uses achievement gaps to label schools as "failures" without providing the resources or strategies needed to eliminate them. Federal education policy should support public schools, not undermine them.

Rethinking Schools has covered NCLB extensively. Below are articles on NCLB's misuse of standardized tests, inadequate funding, impact on English language learners, privatizing sanctions and much more. For ongoing analysis of NCLB, subscribe to Rethinking Schools.

You can also download the Bush plan in PDF format and read it for yourself. The file is 1.8 megabytes. If you need the Acrobat Reader, click here.