Improving on No Child Left Behind
October 22, 2008
Richard D. Kahlenberg, ed.
There's no shortage of advice out there regarding the makeover that NCLB needs. This latest contribution from the Century Foundation contains four essays. Editor Rick Kahlenberg's introduction points toward increased funding, choice provisions to foster socioeconomic integration of schools, and a revised standards-testing-accountability regimen. Three longer chapters then elaborate on these topics. William Duncombe and two colleagues spend 80 pages trying to prove not only that NCLB is under-funded but also that it's inequitably funded (as between states and districts). Lauren Resnick and two colleagues would redesign NCLB's standards, assessments, and accountability provisions in the direction of a "thinking curriculum." And Jennifer J. Holme and Amy Stuart Wells argue for inter-district public-school choice. See for yourself here.