No Child Left Behind: Trends and Issues

The No Child Left Behind Act is the most ambitious piece of education legislation ever enacted by Congress. Designed to promote accountability and prod states to address educational inequities, NCLB includes significant provisions regarding assessment, sanctions for low-performing schools and districts, teacher quality and standards for educational research.

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About the Author
Frederick M. Hess is director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and executive editor of Education Next. His many books include Common Sense School Reform, No Child Left Behind:A Primer and Spinning Wheels: The Politics of Urban School Reform. A former high school teacher, he holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.