Learning from No Child Left Behind

Learning from No Child Left Behind

How and Why the Nation's Most Important but Controversial Education Law Should Be Renewed

Author: John E. Chubb
ISBN: 978-0-8179-4982-2
Publication Date: 4/14/2009
Pages: 84

What have we learned from No Child Left Behind—and how can we improve it?

John E. Chubb, writing on behalf of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, presents a convincing case that, despite the controversy it has ignited, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law is making a positive difference and should be renewed. He outlines ten specific lessons and recommendations that identify the strengths and weaknesses of NCLB and offers suggestions for improving the law, building on its current foundation. Chubb tells how to strengthen that foundation by

  • Raising academic standards
  • Focusing the measurement of achievement on growth
  • Differentiating accountability to match consequences with needs
  • Broadening the tested curriculum to include science and social studies
  • Building information systems to facilitate more intelligent accountability
  • Encouraging teachers to be supported and rewarded based on their actual effectiveness
  • Offering effective choice
  • Offering effective tutoring
  • Closing schools that fail to improve
These improved strategies, says the author, should increase and accelerate the already positive effect of NCLB on achievement. Thus, policymakers should aim to reform and reauthorize NCLB as fast as possible.

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John E. Chubb

Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, was the president of the National Association of Independent Schools. He served as the interim CEO of Education Sector, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization. He was a founder of EdisonLearning, a company that for nearly twenty years partnered with public school districts and charter school boards nationwide to provide innovative schools and education programs with a focus on disadvantaged students.

He previously served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and faculty member at Stanford University. He also served as an adviser, consultant, and speaker for the White House and for many state governments, public and private school systems, and nonprofit organizations.

John E. Chubb passed away on November 12, 2015.

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