No Child Left Behind Primer

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Peter Lang, 2006 - Education - 152 pages
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No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is the single most influential piece of federal education legislation in American history, and Hess and Petrilli provide a concise yet comprehensive look at this important and controversial act. Signed into law in 2002, NCLB seeks to ensure that all American students are proficient in math, reading, and science by 2014. Trumping two centuries of state primacy in K-12 education, it set standards for measuring student performance, ensuring the quality of teachers, and providing options for students in ineffective schools. The authors trace the heritage of these new policies, explain how they work, and examine the challenges of their implementation.

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Review: No Child Left Behind Primer: Second Printing

User Review  - McKay - Goodreads

Really opened my eyes. Anyone wanting to learn more about No Child Left Behind should read this book. It is a great summary that outlines the policy established by both political parties and is an easy read...which is great for idiots like myself that need policies dumbed down. Read full review

Review: No Child Left Behind Primer: Second Printing

User Review  - Ryan - Goodreads

Unlike most academic texts, this "primer" read like a good New Yorker Article. The text is well organized, thoughtful, focused and built around what NCLB is and how it came to. Essential reading for ... Read full review


NCLB Testing Accountability and Choice
The Highly Qualified Teacher Provision
Other Major Programs and Policies
Politics Implementation and Future Challenges

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About the author (2006)

An educator, political scientist and author, Frederick M. Hess studies K-12 and higher education issues. His books include The Same Thing Over and Over, Education Unbound, Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins, Spinning Wheels, and Cage-Busting Leadership (Harvard Education Press, February 2013). He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, Rick Hess Straight Up. Hess s work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Atlantic and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on education philanthropy, school costs and productivity, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind. Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, and on the review boards for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. He also serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, 4.0 SCHOOLS, and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence. A former high school social studies teacher, he has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University.

Michael J. Petrilli is Vice President for National Programs and Policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, a Washington-based school reform organization. He served as a Bush administration appointee in the U.S. Department of Education (2001-2005), where he helped coordinate No Child Left Behind's (NCLB) public school choice and supplemental services provisions and oversaw discretionary grant programs for charter schools, alternative teacher certification, and high school reform. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Education Next, Education Week, The Public Interest, and other venues. He holds a B.A. in political science and a teaching certificate in secondary social studies from the University of Michigan.

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