© 2004

Leaving No Child Behind?

Options for Kids in Failing Schools

  • Editors
  • Frederick M. Hess
  • Chester E. FinnJr.

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Frederick M. Hess, Chester E. Finn Jr.
    Pages 1-10
  3. Richard Lee Colvin
    Pages 11-36
  4. Siobhan Gorman
    Pages 37-61
  5. Robert Maranto, April Gresham Maranto
    Pages 63-88
  6. Jane Hannaway, Kendra Bischoff
    Pages 89-111
  7. David N. Plank, Christopher Dunbar Jr.
    Pages 137-159
  8. Julian R. Betts, Anne Danenberg
    Pages 213-238
  9. William Howell
    Pages 239-261
  10. Douglas S. Reed
    Pages 263-286
  11. Frederick M. Hess, Chester E. Finn Jr.
    Pages 287-303
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 305-313

About this book


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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Bibliographic information


"It is time for public debate about NCLB to move beyond hype, hope, and imagined fears. This collection is at the cutting edge of what will be a new wave of empirically-based assessments. It will be an important resource for all concerned about the implications of NCLB." - Jeffrey R. Henig, Teachers College, Columbia University, Co-author, Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools