No Child Left Behind: The Challenge of Implementation

Until now, the focus of states on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has been on compliance. States first struggled to figure out what was required by the legislation, and then concentrated on getting the state plan approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Now that this initial stage has past, states are turning their attention to implementation. They are now trying to understand how to incorporate NCLB into the state’s framework of educational governance, and how the legislation can be used to help the state meet its own goals for education performance.

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About the Author
Dewayne Matthews is senior advisor to the president at the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Previously, he served as an education policy analyst with the New Mexico Legislature, executive director of the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education, and director of programs and services at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. He holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Arizona State University.