Improving No Child Left Behind: Recommendations for a New President
The election of a new president and Congress will provide a new set of hands to fix the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
What should be done about funding levels? How can the standards, testing, and accountability provisions be improved? How can the promise of allowing students in low performing schools to move to better ones be realized?
To answer these questions and others, The Century Foundation has released a new book, Improving on No Child Left Behind: Getting Education Reform Back on Track and sponsored a forum with the volume's leading authors.
The book is already receiving critical acclaim. Diane Ravitch calls Improving on No Child Left Behind "the best of the books on this topic," while Randi Weingarten says the essays could "rebuild teacher interest and faith in standards-based reform."
Marshall Smith says the volume "provides two powerful new policy alternatives for a debate hitherto barren of interesting ideas," and John Brittain lauds the book’s "clarion call" for greater public school choice for low income and minority students- The Century Foundation
Richard D. Kahlenberg
Richard D. Kahlenberg is a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, where he writes about education, equal opportunity, and civil rights. He is the author of four books.
Lauren Resnick is an internationally known scholar in the cognitive science of learning and instruction. Her recent research has focused on school reform, assessment, effort-based education, the nature and development of thinking abilities, the development of literacy and the relation between school learning and everyday competence.
Her current work lies at the intersection of cognitive science and policy for education. Dr. Resnick is editor of Research Points, a policy brief published by the American Educational Research Association.
Former elementary and middle school teacher Claudio Sanchez is an Education Correspondent for NPR. He focuses on the "three p's" of education reform: politics, policy and pedagogy. Sanchez's reports air regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.
Amy Stuart Wells
Amy Stuart Wells is Professor of sociology and education at Columbia University.
Wells also leads a research initiative titled “Reviews of Research” for the Campaign for Educational Equity, a research arm of Teachers College, Columbia University.
John M. Yinger
John Yinger is one of the authors of the book, Improving No Child Left Behind and a Trustee Professor of Public Administration and Economics. Yinger is also the Associate Director for the Metropolitan Studies Program and Center for Policy Research.
Additionally, Yinger is the Director at Education Finance and Accountability Program at Maxwell School of Economics at Syracuse University.